Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Pakistan raises objection with U.S. over India's greater role in Afghanistan

Pakistan raises objection with U.S. over India's greater role in Afghanistan

"With President Trump's recent announcement of his strategy to counter terror and stabilize South Asia, Afghanistan's enduring partnership with the United States and the global community has been renewed and redirected", Ghani told the audience at the UN headquarters in NY. The Afghan people have looked to the United States for this type of resolve for years.

"We welcome this strategy, which has now set us on a pathway to certainty.

With President Trump's recent announcement of his strategy to counter terror and stabilise South Asia, Afghanistan's enduring partnership with the US and the global community has been renewed and redirected", Ghani added.

Ghani for his part called on "all ranks of the Taliban" to engage in dialogue with the Afghan government. Now, we call on all of our neighbours, near and far, to join us through the Kabul process in our comprehensive quest for peace and regional stability.

Afghan and USA officials have long accused Pakistan of taking insufficient military action against Taliban leadership in that country.

President Trump last month announced a new strategy that includes sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan, in addition to about 8,400 USA and 5,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops there advising Afghan security forces.

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond", Trump had said, warning that Islamabad had "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists.

There are about 11,000 USA troops now deployed to Afghanistan. Ghani stressed that US troops will continue to advise, assist and train Afghan forces and will not return to a combat role. The remainder of U.S. forces in Afghanistan carry out counterterrorism missions in the country.

"Though we may be on the frontlines, the threat knows no boundaries. But this war is not within our soil, it is over our soil", Ghani said. "Aung San Suu Kyi's lengthy silence was tragic, as our hopes that an icon of human rights would choose principle over power".

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed on Tuesday to Pakistan to work together to curb extremists, seeing an opportunity as the United States sends in more troops.

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