NATO ministers reiterated support for Afghan peace: Rabbani

KABUL (TOLONews): The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani, who attended the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Brussels on behalf of Afghanistan, said the NATO foreign ministers have asked the countries which support terrorist groups to stop this, so that Afghanistan reaches peace, because it is in favor of all countries in the region and the world.

Rabbani said political parties and movements in Afghanistan are not against the peace plan set up by the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad.

He added that the only demand of political parties and movements is that the process should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.

“Neighboring countries were asked to avoid supporting anti-government armed militants in Afghanistan and announced their support for empowerment of the Afghan forces in fighting terrorism,” he said.

He said the option of establishing an interim government is not on the table and that the NATO foreign ministers also supported the efforts for Afghan peace.

“The suggestions are on how to follow up the peace process, but I don’t see the serious and deep disagreements that you think are there,” said Rabbani.

Meanwhile, Federica Mogherini, the European Union Foreign Policy Chief, assured Afghanistan of the EU’s support of the peace efforts for the country.

“Our work with Afghanistan is extremely important, very high on our agenda and perfectly complementary to the work NATO is doing there,” Mogherini said.

According to the US and NATO’s Resolute Support Forces Commander General Scott Miller, military pressure will continue on the Taliban amid an increase in political efforts for peace.

“Military operations will continue… it is meant to get us to the place where, politically, we can work our way through it,” Miller said.

Some religious scholars in Kabul said the current war in Afghanistan is against the teachings of Islam.

“I believe that it does not have any legitimacy in the religion. The killing of innocent people is illegitimate in any religion,” said Ahmadurrahman Alizada, a religious scholar.

The Ministry of Interior Affairs said the Afghan forces are ready to defend the country and ensure people’s safety.

“We are ready to defend our country and we are determined to suppress the enemy,” said Najib Danish, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.

NATO has over 16,000 troops in Afghanistan within the structure of the Resolute Support Mission and their role is to assist, advise and train the Afghan security forces.

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