US Embassy clarifies Dobbins remarks
KABUL (PAN): A day after President Hamid Karzai summoned the US ambassador to his office, the American Embassy in Kabul said on Wednesday the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins had not suggested that US was involved in a civil war in Afghanistan.
“Ambassador Dobbins was not attempting to define the conflict in Afghanistan, nor to suggest that the United States is involved in a civil war,” the US embassy said in a statement.
It said Dobbins was using “a standard academic term” in the context of describing the need for Afghans to speak to Afghans to achieve peace.
“The United States is in Afghanistan to fight terrorism and to support the stability of Afghanistan. Terrorists have struck both our countries. They obstruct the pursuit of Afghanistan’s development, security and stability, which all Afghans desire.”
“As we have seen as recently as this week, these terrorists continue to murder civilians, including women and children. We appeal to them to stop the bloodshed and join a political process.”
Karzai chief spokesman Aimal Faizi on Tuesday told reporters President Karzai called summoned US Ambassador James B. Cunningham and expressed his concerns over Dobbins’ remarks that Afghanistan was facing a civil war.
To a question about post-2014 uncertainty, Dobbins recently told the Voice of America that there was a civil war Afghanistan.
Faizi added Dobbins remarks came at a time when Afghanistan and the United States were inching closer to signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA).
Faizi said Karzai told the US envoy his country should avoid making irresponsible statements at this crucial stage.
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