United States strategy to bring 80pc territory under Afghan control: Ghani

Michele Moreno
September 23, 2017

It's not in their interest.

Unlike Obama, U.S. President Donald Trump has "a team of partners in Afghanistan", Ghani said, and Trump developed his strategy after holding "immense consultations with us".

"Pakistan has never had this type of dialogue with the US and I hope that wisdom and shared national interests will prevail".

Ghani, in a separate interview with National Public Radio due to air on September 21, revealed some details of Trump's Afghan strategy not previously disclosed by the White House.

IN his address to the UN General Assembly, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called upon Pakistan to engage into a comprehensive state-to-state dialogue on peace, security and regional cooperation leading to prosperity.

"It remains evidently clear to the global community that the propagation of terrorist activities by state and non-state actors in neighbouring Pakistan constitutes the main source of insecurity in Afghanistan and the region", he said.

"It is a unique opportunity for Pakistan to discuss with us the legacy of the past and to be determined not to repeat the past and to overcome the past".

In addition, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which is mainly active in Syria and Iraq, has recently managed to take recruits from Afghan Taliban defectors. We do not ask for a blank cheque. "But this war is not within our soil, it is over our soil", Ghani said.

In his maiden speech at the United Nations general assembly+ Trump said, "It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like al-Qaida, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and others that slaughter innocent people". In his remarks, Ghani said as a result of Trump's new Afghan policy there is no longer a cloud of uncertainty. "President Trump's new strategy includes the disruption and denial of sanctuary to terrorists whose motives know no boundaries".

Ghani said earlier in the week the Trump administration's four-year objective is to bring 80 percent of the country back under the government's control.

He said the strategy, which states that USA military engagement in the country will be based on conditions rather than timelines, provided a certainty over U.S. support for Afghanistan which he said the Afghan people had been seeking "for years".

The Prime Minister stated, "Having suffered and sacrificed so much due to our role in the global counterterrorism campaign, it is especially galling for Pakistan to be blamed for the military or political stalemate in Afghanistan".

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