Afghanistan high on agenda as NATO Secretary General meets Obama

Stoltenberg-meets-ObamaAfghanistan was high on agenda during NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to United States where he met with the US President Barack Obama on Monday.

“NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Barack Obama discussed the Alliance’s response to key security challenges at the White House in Washington D.C. and preparations for the Warsaw Summit in July,” according to a statement by NATO.

The statement further added that the two leaders discussed the common fight against terrorism.

“Terrorism affects us all, from Brussels to San Bernardino,” Mr Stoltenberg said, noting that all NATO Allies contribute to the US-led effort to degrade and destroy ISIL and that NATO has just started training Iraqi officers. They also discussed how NATO can increase its support to other countries in the region, including Libya. ‎

Afghanistan was also high on the agenda, the statement said, adding that Mr Stoltenberg underlined that NATO’s biggest operation, a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the US, shows the importance of Europe and North America standing together.

This comes as the Special Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) Meeting was opened in ARG Presidential Palace on Monday to discuss the situation of the country ahead of the key conferences, including the WARSAW summit.

The conferences will focus on situation of Afghanistan amid hopes that the Afghan government will attract the international community support for the coming years. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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