NATO has emphasized its commitment to maintaining its armed forces in Afghanistan despite Washington’s announcement of its intent to pull out thousands of US troops from the war-torn country.
“Our engagement is important to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists who could threaten us at home,” NATO’s spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said on Friday as quoted in an AFP report.
She declined, however, to comment on the recently announced plan by US President Donald Trump to withdraw a considerable number of the 14,000 American military service members deployed in Afghanistan.
Lungescu underlined that NATO foreign ministers met as recently as this month to express “steadfast commitment to ensuring long-term security and stability in Afghanistan.”
The report also quoted an unnamed US official as saying that a “decision has been made. There will be a significant withdrawal.”
This while US-based news…