Chances for Afghan peace 'greater now', says NATO chief


KABUL -- During an unannounced trip to Kabul, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Tuesday (November 6) said that Afghanistan's chances for peace were "greater now" than in previous years.

"The potential for peace is greater now than it has been in many years," the alliance leader said during a Tuesday joint news conference with President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.

"The Taliban must understand that continuing the fight is pointless and counterproductive," he said.

Even after recent insider attacks, "Stoltenberg underlined that NATO’s support for Afghanistan will continue", said NATO in a statement.

Stoltenberg's remarks came hours after the Taliban stormed a remote Afghan army post in the country's west, which local officials said had killed at least 20 soldiers.

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