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Afghan President Ghani urges dialogue with Pakistan to eliminate extremists
Afghan President Ghani urges dialogue with Pakistan to eliminate extremists
Published at: 10 month(s) ago

New York, United States: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged to have dialogue with Pakistan for doing joint efforts to eliminate extremists, seeing an opportunity as the United States sends in more troops.

Ashraf Ghani said while addressing the UN General Assembly, US President Donald Trump´s new Afghan strategy sent a signal to Taliban guerrillas that they cannot win on the field and must negotiate peace.

The president further said, "We welcome this strategy, which has now set us on a pathway to certainty. The Afghan people have looked to the United States for this type of resolve for years."

Last month, American President Trump announced an Afghanistan strategy that reversed his previous calls to wind down America´s longest war, which was launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

He instead has sent thousands more troops to Afghanistan and pledged a tougher line on Pakistan, which has long faced US criticism for its intelligence services´ ties with jihadists and for harboring Osama bin Laden.

"We now also have an opportunity for a dialogue with our neighbors on how we can work together earnestly to eliminate terrorism and contain extremism," Ghani said.

"I call upon Pakistan to engage with us on a comprehensive state to state dialogue on peace, security and regional cooperation leading to prosperity," he said.

Pakistan has responded coolly to Trump´s criticism, with many Pakistanis noting that they themselves have been a major victim of attacks since their government sided with the United States following September 11.
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