NATO Chief welcomes Trump’s Afghan war strategy, to increase troops

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that he welcomed the announcement by US President Donald Trump that the US is now going to be in Afghanistan on a condition-based mission and said NATO would also increase troop numbers to train Afghan forces.

He, however, did not reveal the number of troops to be deployed.

This comes after US President Donald Trump addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday in New York where he touched on a wide range of issues with special focus on North Korea and the threats emerging from militant groups across the world including the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Earlier on Monday US defence chief James Mattis stated that the Pentagon intends to send in more than 3,000 troops to Afghanistan as part of Washington’s new war strategy.

Stoltenberg said he welcome the announcement by President Trump that the US is now going to be in Afghanistan on a condition-based mission that the US has announced that they will increase their troop numbers.

He said, “NATO has decided to increase the troop numbers in Afghanistan, and several European allies and partner nations have already announced that they will also provide more forces to train and assist in the mission in Afghanistan.”

“This is about making sure that Afghanistan doesn’t once again become a safe haven for international terrorists and the best way of doing that is to enable the Afghans to have defense security forces which are strong enough to do that,” stated Stoltenberg, who is currently attending the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Addressing the general debate at the UN on Tuesday, Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon also called on the organization to carry out its mission, coordinating the efforts of member states to build resilience to the many challenges and threats people and countries face.

On Afghanistan, he said the growing activity of violent terrorist groups was a matter of serious concern.

Calling on the international community to help to normalize the situation in Afghanistan, he stated, “It is high time to take strong, coordinated measures to tackle terrorism and drug trafficking.”

Stressing that peace and stability in Afghanistan are key to ensuring peace in Central and South Asia, he urged Tajikistan’s neighbours to help to improve the situation in the war-ravaged country.

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