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NATO’s Mission in Afghanistan Aimed to Fight Terror: Stoltenberg

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Addressing media ahead of a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO’s training missions in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to play an important role in preventing the resurgence of ISIS and other terrorist groups.
“The whole challenge of terrorism is something we have discussed, addressed again and again,” he added.
Stoltenberg said the mission in Afghanistan was about fighting terrorism and making sure that country did not once again become a safe haven for international terrorism.
All NATO allies have been part of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and he participated in the meeting of the Global Coalition in Washington last week, recalled Stoltenberg.
“We agree on the need to continue NATO missions and operations in and around Turkey, including with the assurance measures, and for instance, a NATO presence in the Aegean Sea.
“And we also agree on the need to make sure that we recognize the importance of standing together in avoiding that ISIS is able to get a foothold in Afghanistan, which is their declared aim,” he said.

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