Dec 05, 2018 08:41 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jan 11, 2020 22:20 Asia/Tehran]
  • NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
    NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization expects Iran and Russia to support the Afghan peace process.

Iran Press/Asia: NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg remarks about Iran and Russia's participation in Afghanistan peace process published on NATO’s website on Tuesday (4 December) ahead of the NATO foreign affairs ministers' meetings in Brussels, Belgium.

Stoltenberg talk about NATO contribution with Russia and Iran to create a space for sustainable peace process in Afghanistan and added: "We expect all powers, countries in the region, including Russian and Iran, to support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and play a constructive role."

This invitation for Iran's contribution to Afghan peace process comes just a few days after the US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, accused Tehran of violating a UN resolution by sending arms to its proxies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen, and called on Europe to sanction Tehran.

Iranian officials have repeatedly announced the Islamic republic of Iran's readiness to support the Afghan peace process.

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Also Afghanistan's former president, Hamed Karzai, has stressed that neighboring countries, such as China, Russia and Iran must be included in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

NATO’s Secretary General claimed that reason for NATO forces in Afghanistan is sending a clear message to the Taliban that they will never win on the battlefield and laying the foundation for a political solution through negotiations, and engage in a real peace negotiations with the government.

The War in Afghanistan started by United States invasion on 7 October 2001. The US was supported initially by the UK, Canada, and Australia and later by a coalition of over 40 countries, including all NATO members. The one of claimed war's aims was removing the Taliban from power.

After 17 years, US and NATO have been unable to bring peace to Afghanistan, but also their military presence in Afghanistan is the main reason for increasing violence and killings.

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