Stoltenberg appreciates Turkey’s contribution

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister MevlutCavusoglu on Monday appreciated Turkey’s role in the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and said the mission is helping the country not to again become a safe haven for international terrorists once again.

In their meetng with the Turkish Foreign Minister in Ankara, Stoltenberg said, they discussed the security challenges in the region and how they can provide greater security for their people.

He added that Turkey is an important and highly valued NATO ally.

“You make essential contributions to security of the whole Alliance. To our collective defense and are shared security. Together we have made great progress in the fight against terrorism,” Stoltenberg said.

In January 2015, NATO launched the Resolute Support Mission to train, advice and assist Afghan security forces and institutions. Currently, it numbers around 17,000 troops from 39 NATO Allies and partner countries.

“Turkey is also one of the biggest contributors to our Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, helping to ensure the country never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said that the liberation of all territory held by Daesh is a historic achievement, but added that there is still work to be done.(TOLOnews)