Trump is driving Pakistan into China's arms

Posted September 23, 2017

Trump said another pillar of his new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia was a change in Americas approach to Pakistan, considered a long-time ally of Washington.

"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.

US President Donald Trump today told world leaders that it is time to "expose" and "hold responsible" those countries that provide funding and safe havens to terror groups, weeks after he warned Pakistan for supporting "agents of chaos".

Unlike his previous statements, Mr Ghani did not urge Pakistan to bring Taliban leaders to future negotiations on Afghanistan, a change evident in the new United States strategy as well, which also does not ask Pakistan to play this role.

Ghani said US President Donald Trump's new Afghan strategy sent a signal to Taliban guerrillas that they can not win on the field and must negotiate peace.

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Instead, he asked Afghanistan's neighbours and worldwide partners to change their perspective of the country, which seems stuck in a fratricidal war.

The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues including the war on terrorism, Afghanistan's security and the progress made by the Afghan and United States forces in the campaign against terrorism.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that most of the existing problems of Pakistan with respect to security and internal stability are direct or indirect product of volatile situation in neighbouring Afghanistan, as Pakistan has been suffering from consequences of decades old conflicts in that country. The Afghan president also said be believes Trump's strategy has a better chance of success than Obama's.

Afghanistan today accused Pakistan that it was diverting the attention of the worldwide community from its "longstanding failure" to take effective action against various terrorist groups and sanctuaries on its territory.

Trump was of the opinion that joint Afghan-US action had been incredibly successful against the Taliban, "hitting them hard and hitting them effectively".

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"We are determined to do what is ours", he said.

As part of the announced plan, the U.S. government wants to withhold military aid to the South Asian nation until it takes action against militant safe havens, especially the Haqqani network based in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan. "We really have no choice but to do it".

"Prime Minister [Abbasi] shared Pakistan's concerns and views with regard to the USA strategy for South Asia", it said.

Trump also spoke highly of his Afghan counterpart.

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