After Trump's warning, Pak says it wants peace in Afghanistan

Lester Mason
August 25, 2017

His comments came after US President Donald Trump laid out his policy for Afghanistan and the larger South Asian region. "We continue to encourage the sides to sit down and talk together about that". "I think the President was clear this entire effort is meant to put pressure on the Taliban to have the Taliban understand: You will not win a battlefield victory".

Tillerson, on his part, said that the usa side is keen to work with the Chinese side to execute the important agreement reached by the two heads of state and promote communication and the cooperation.

He cautioned that the effort will take time.

Pakistan said there can be "no exclusive military solution to the crisis in Afghanistan".

In the same speech, Trump hinted at Pakistan and said that the U.S. gives "billions of billions of dollars" to the nation and Pakistan returns the favor by harboring militants that the USA is fighting.

Trump's plan resembles the strategies of previous administrations, with a few tweaks and deliberately few details, including how long the USA will stay. He was conscious of the American people's strong aversion to sending more troops in harm's way in faraway Afghanistan.

The Trump policy statement was followed by China's, which said that Pakistan was on the frontlines of the struggle against terrorism and had made "great sacrifices" and "important contributions" in the fight. Donald Trump had come down heavily on Pakistan for its support to terrorist groups, saying it receives billions of dollars in USA aid but continues to shelter terrorists.

On Tuesday, Tillerson declined to offer many more details beyond what the President had. "We expect the same from our neighbours", it said.

"In the past, it's always been time based on when we were going to get out, or based on the number of troops or based on all kinds of things". "It will be driven by conditions on the ground".

He specifically criticized Barack Obama's unwise decision to announce the withdrawal date and to reduce the request for additional troops by 25 per cent -30,000 instead of 40,000. "And we've not been fighting that way".

US President Donald Trump's new, tougher approach to Pakistan could potentially include sanctions on Pakistani government officials with ties to terrorist organizations, according to a Politico report.

In an apparent message to Pakistan, a top Trump administration official said today that U.S. will ask nations that harbour terror networks to eliminate them and will target terrorists in their sanctuaries. "It is, therefore disappointing that the USA policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation in this effort", the Pakistani foreign minister said in a statement.

China backed Pakistan, urging other nations to "fully recognize" its efforts in fighting terrorism. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.

Taking note of USA security aid to Pakistan, Anton said America received in return "indifference to border crossing and terrorist safe havens and sanctuaries" in the tribal regions along the Pakistan-Afghan border, Politico reported. "Pakistan must adopt a different approach".

"I know that the Department of Defence will be taking the primary lead on that, and they have stated that they are actively moving forward", Sanders said.

Speaking on Trump's remarks, the spokesperson said the worldwide community has already acknowledged Pakistan's enormous sacrifices, economic losses and unprecedented contributions to the global counter-terrorism efforts. Excluding the tribes from the battle against violent extremism, including Al Qaeda and ISIS, will simply not work. But the Trump administration has been slow to fill key diplomatic posts to reinforce those messages.

However, the visit to China will precede the United States trip.

In his Monday address to troops at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, Trump offered few specifics, but he did outline reasons for his decision to extend and expand the United States presence in Afghanistan, a reversal from his strident past criticism of previous administrations for involvement there.

The US recognises that Pakistan has legitimate security interest in the future of Afghanistan and that what happens in Afghanistan impacts Pakistan, he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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