Mission in Afghanistan is 'unchanged,' NATO says


BRUSSELS -- The focus of NATO's mission in Afghanistan is "unchanged," the alliance said Monday (September 10) after the United States called off peace negotiations with the Taliban amid increased violence.

"NATO's focus remains unchanged: to make the Afghan security forces stronger so that they can fight international terrorism and create the conditions for peace," an alliance official told AFP.

"NATO will stay in Afghanistan for as long as necessary to ensure the country never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorists."

The Taliban on Tuesday (September 10) vowed to continue fighting against US forces in Afghanistan, a day after US President Donald Trump said talks with the insurgents were "dead".

In a series of television interviews on Sunday (September 8), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left the door open for a return to talks.

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