Obama to talk Afghanistan with world leaders
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The current situation in Afghanistan would be one of the major topics for discussion when US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry meet world leaders in New York next week.
“We’ll have some conversations about Afghanistan and the path forward there,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf told foreign correspondents on Monday,
The meetings will take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “NATO and the Afghan government are in the final stages of a long-planned security transition,” she said.
She added the US was in conversations about what its post-2014 presence would look like, even as the Afghans had voted to effect a change in political leadership that would influence the direction of their future.
Harf acknowledged the United Nations was playing a pivotal role in support of the electoral process. “It’s ongoing, but hopefully we will have some resolution soon. That’s something we’ll have conversations about, of course.”
She reiterated the United States remained focused on Afghanistan on counterterrorism, continuing to take the fight to the enemy. “We have a number of resources at our disposal in the United States that we can use in a variety of fights.
“We certainly can do more than one thing at once. So as we focus on terrorist groups where they pop up, whether it’s Yemen or Somalia, Iraq and Syria, we remain focused on ones we know exist and we know are concerning, including in Pakistan.”
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