Outgoing army chief wants US to stay in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States needs to be engaged in Afghanistan, a top American general said on Wednesday, praising Afghan security forces for doing a pretty good job in protecting the country.
“The Afghan forces, in my mind, are doing a pretty good job of going after that. I think the Pakistanis have done some good work against the Taliban here lately,” the outgoing US Amy chief said.
Gen. Raymond Odierno told a Pentagon news conference it would be interesting to watch what the future of the Taliban was going to be after the death of their supreme leader Mullah Omar.
In his final news conference with Pentagon correspondents, he said the United States needs to stay engaged in Afghanistan. “Things are still on a path where I think it can be successful. We have to continue to support the Afghan forces…”
He also underlined America’s support for the dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Islamabad had the right to deal with lots of different countries, the general said.
“We have a very close relationship with Pakistan. They deal with us, too. I have a very good relationship with Gen. Raheel. We talk regularly. He talks regularly to Gen. Campbell in Afghanistan. Yes, do they talk to China? Probably. And that's their right to do that,” he added.
The United States, he said, had to continue to work with Pakistan to solve the Afghan problem. Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and other countries had to work together, he concluded.
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