Stoltenberg's remarks came a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said that the Taliban has proposed a reduction of violence in the country, a breakthrough towards an agreement in peace negotiations with the United States which have stalled for several months.
The official told reporters at a security conference in Munich that the seven-day period of a reduction of violence had not begun yet.
Citing Afghan and U.S. officials, The New York Times reported that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, had given conditional approval to an agreement with the Taliban to allow him to begin withdrawing USA troops.
The breakthrough comes 18 months after USA officials began backroom negotiations with the radical Islamist group in an effort to wind down the longest military campaign in American history and bring home more than 12,000 US troops still in the country.
Stoltenberg added that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would "welcome any steps that can lead to reduction in violence" in Afghanistan.
The senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the reduction-of-violence agreement is for seven days and covers the entire country and also applies to Afghan forces, even though the Afghan government has been excluded from the talks between the United States and Taliban in Doha, Qatar.
Ghani, whose political future remains uncertain following last September's presidential election, which still has no official victor, has previously demanded that the Taliban negotiate with his government and has called for a permanent cease-fire.
There was not any certainty among officials about what decreased hostilities might seem like at another phase of this peace process: the discussions between the Afghan sides following the United States and the Taliban sign their arrangement. Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen has not commented on the peace deal yet. "I think we're very close", he said Thursday in a podcast interview with Geraldo Rivera.
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The US and the Taliban had appeared on the verge of signing a deal that would have seen Washington begin withdrawing thousands of troops in return for security guarantees.
"I think we're very close".
"That doesn't mean we'll have one but we'll know over the next two weeks", he said.
"We are taking a hard look at it".
There are about 13,000 USA troops as well as thousands of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation personnel in Afghanistan, 18 years after a US-led coalition invaded the country following the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States.
"Today I'll meet President Ghani and we'll discuss efforts to find a peaceful negotiated solution to the conflict in Afghanistan".
-Taliban agreement would likely include calls for a permanent cease-fire, a drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan, and a framework for direct talks between the Taliban and the US -backed government in Kabul, which the Taliban thus far has refused to recognize or engage with directly.
Earlier this month, Taliban religious leaders delivered a strong message to the United States through their negotiation team and asked them to sign the peace accord before the onset of the "fighting season" in spring.