BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed on Thursday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, and he called on the militants to lay down their arms and negotiate a peace deal.
“The announcement of a ceasefire shows the seriousness of President Ghani and the Afghan government ... I call on the Taliban to join the ceasefire,” Stoltenberg told reporters.
“The Taliban will not win on the battlefield. The only way for them to achieve a solution is to sit down at the negotiating table,” he said.
Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Hugh Lawson