NATO Secretary General and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister discuss Afghanistan

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday.

According to a statement released by NATO, the meeting took place in NATO headquarters in Brussels.

The statement further added that Mr. Stoltenberg underscored the mutual added value of NATO-Pakistan political dialogue and practical cooperation.

The statement also added that Mr. Stoltenberg also expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s continuous support to NATO’s long-standing efforts in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the NATO Secretary General pointed out NATO Allies’ and partners’ firm commitment to peace and lasting security in Afghanistan.

He also pointed out the alliance’s commitment to the further development and sustainment of the Afghan security forces, through the Resolute Support training mission, and with funding.

Furthermore, Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed Pakistan’s recent steps in support of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and the latest encouraging developments in the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Secretary General highlighted that an intra-Afghan dialogue should start as soon as possible, that momentum for peace should be preserved – including through a constructive approach from all countries in the region – and that lasting peace and security in Afghanistan benefit regional stability.

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