Ex-govt policies strengthened Taliban: Abdullah
“I don’t think destruction of relations with international troops whose support is important for us can bring us peace,” Abdullah said at a press conference in response to recent remarks by ex-president Hamid Karzai.
He said the former government under Karzai did not properly utilized the opportunities in the presence of international community in Afghanistan during the past 14 years.
“Politics in the name of reconciliation and all other security related policies of the previous government not weakened but strengthened the Taliban,” he said.
Abdullah said he would not blame the ex-government for all problems, but it was reality the current regime inherited corruption, budget deficit and narcotics from the previous government.
The presence of US troops in Afghanistan was in accordance with the demand of Afghans and continuation of their assistance with Afghanistan, he said.
Former president Hamid Karzai on Saturday blamed escalating incidents of terrorism in the country on the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan.
“The presence of foreign forces in the name of fighting against terrorism not only failed to eliminate terrorism but during this period the scourge gained further strength,” he claimed.
Commenting on President Barack Obama’s decision to extend the US military mission in Afghanistan, Karzai alleged the presence of foreign forces had only led to worsening the situation.
Obama on Thursday announced keeping 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan through next year, citing increased Islamic State and Taliban activities in the war-hit country.
Speaking at a White House press conference, Obama said he had also decided to keep 5,500 troops in Kabul and at a few bases, including those in Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar during the same timeframe.
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