The Acting Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid and the United States and Resolute Support Mission Forces Commander Gen. Scot Miller visited the northern Faryab province on Monday.
Khalid held talks with local officials and met Afghan Army in the province, who are engaged in ongoing military operations in the province.
In an address to Army’s Commando forces, Khalid said the Afghan forces will not stop suppressing militants unless they stop violence.
“Our fight is for ensuing peace, our pressure is for bringing peace to Afghanistan,” Khalid said. “Our pressure will continue until the enemy continues obstinacy.”
According to Khalid, the Afghan Army is in a better condition in terms of equipment, training and the skills of their operations against militants.
“When I see the army and forces after years, now they are in better condition and they are ready to change from defensive to offensive,” said Khalid.
Faryab Governor Naqibullah Fayiq said the province has been insecure in recent months but added that now soldiers are well-equipped and are ready to safeguard the province in a much better way.
He said security forces even launched operation in Taliban-controlled areas, took their strongholds and killed a number of them, including their key commanders.
“Afterwards, Taliban should not think about capturing areas or advancing,” Fayiq said.
Fayiq said no peace will be gained without pressure, as he talked about the ongoing peace efforts by the Afghan government and the international community. He said suppressing Taliban will create the condition for peace.