The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasised during a press conference that the alliance has a presence in Afghanistan to prevent the re-emergence of the safe havens of international terrorist networks.
Mr. Stoltenberg reiterated the objective of NATO during a press conference with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern on Friday.
“We welcome very much the close partnership. We see that in many different ways. We see that in Afghanistan where we have been working together for many years and New Zealand has contributed with personnel to the National Army Defence Academy, helping to train and educate Afghan soldiers and officers,” he said.
The NATO chief also said “And the purpose of our presence in Afghanistan is to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for international terrorism.”
Admitting that the situation is still difficult in Afghanistan, Stoltenberg said “But we strongly believe that the best way to help to stabilize the country is to train the forces, build local capacity so they can stabilize their own country.”