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Don't point fingers at us, Pak warns Trump

27 Août 2017

Victory in Afghanistan for the United States will be "allowing Afghanistan to be Afghanistan, not to create a state in the U.S. Image", National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Friday. This is a worry point for Mr. Trump's generals, who want to avoid the kind of vacuum left behind by the Soviet withdrawal in the late 1980s that plunged Afghanistan into a protracted civil war; the Taliban eventually took over.

The US president reached out to India seeking an enhanced role for New Delhi, especially in the economic field, to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

"To scapegoat Pakistan will not help in stabilizing Afghanistan", the leaders said, adding that "Pakistan has an abiding interest in peace and stability in Afghanistan" and will continue to seek a negotiated solution to the 16-year war.

They said Pakistan has suffered $120 billion in economic damages during its antiterror campaign and demanded that Washington provide more "understanding and recognition of our efforts" and "sacrifice".

The comments came after U.S. President Donald Trump outlined a new Afghanistan strategy earlier this week, which includes a modest troop increase there and less micromanagement by Washington of U.S. forces stationed in the South Asian nation.

President Trump said Monday that he was lifting restrictions on commanders in the field imposed by the Obama administration and increasing pressure on Afghanistan's neighbor Pakistan to stop providing a safe haven to militant groups along its border.

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He said that Pakistan had longstanding multidimensional relationship with the US.

The U.S. General stressed the Afghan people want peace and the global community is with them in this journey.

Over the past few days, the leadership has come out with strong protests against Trump's statement, saying Pakistan can not be made a "scapegoat" for the failures of the United States military in Afghanistan, and the media has highlighted statements by the Chinese leadership in support of Islamabad.

"A country like India that is involved in state-sponsored terrorism can not be an effective partner in bringing peace to the region", he said.

Reuters reported that few details have emerged, but pilots at Bagram airbase outside Kabul are preparing for the possibility they'll be taking the fight to the Taliban in a way they haven't since the US-led combat mission in Afghanistan was called off at the end of 2014. "We all have to work together", Helaena White said.

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