Won’t leave Afghanistan before time is right: NATO chief

New Delhi: The Secretary-General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance does not intend to withdraw troops from Afghanistan “before the time is right”.

“While no ally wants to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, we will not leave before the time is right,” Stoltenberg said during a media conference.

“Ministers will continue to assess the situation on the ground and monitor developments very closely”, Stoltenberg added.

Whether the troops will continue to operate in Afghanistan depends on Biden’s rejection or acceptance of the May deadline which requires pulling out all foreign forces.

US President Biden’s administration claims that it is currently reviewing the deal.

The Pentagon has also accused the Taliban of failing to fulfill its promises, which include reduction of attacks and severing ties with groups like Al-Qaeda. Even then, no concrete announcement on the future of deployment is expected this week.

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