US backs Kabul’s Pakistan policy shift: Envoy
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States on Wednesday said it backed Afghanistan’s stance against Pakistan after a recent wave of attacks and assured the Afghan government of Washington’s and international community’s full support in the war against terrorism.
This was stated by the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley, during a meeting with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah at the latter’s office.
A statement from the CEO’s office said Abdullah expressed his concern over Pakistan’s non-cooperative behavior in the war against terror and accused the neighboring country of still tolerating terrorist camps on its soil.
The US ambassador condemned the recent deadliest attacks in Kabul as inhuman and wild. He said Afghanistan’s policy shift towards Pakistan after the attacks was legitimate and the US supported it.
McKinley dubbed terrorism as common enemy of the US, Afghanistan and the international community and stressed the need for a joint strategy to root out the menace.
Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday the recent wave of violence showed suicide training camps, facilities used for making explosive devices and sending them to Afghanistan to kill innocent people were still functional in Pakistan.
“We hoped for peace, but war continues to be declared against us from Pakistani territory. In fact, it clearly shows vivid hostilities toward a neighboring nation,” a statement from the Presidential Palace quoted Ghani as saying.
"Now it is proven to the region we have been right, but in Pakistan still there are gatherings of slaves and captives who send the message of war to us.”
A high-powered Afghan delegation is scheduled to visit Islamabad tomorrow (Thursday) for in-depth talks with Pakistani officials in the backdrop of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, an official said on Thursday.
Sayed Zafar Hashimi, deputy presidential spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabani, Acting Defence Minister Masoum Stanikzai, and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Rahmatullah Nabil would leave for Islamabad for comprehensive talks with Pakistani officials.
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