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US to Pakistan: Go after terrorists threatening your neighbours

US to Pakistan: Go after terrorists threatening your neighbours

Sep 07, 2016 - 11:20

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): It is in the interest of both Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon to go after terrorists, the United States says, asking Islamabad to do more against the groups targeting its neighbours.

“It's in Pakistan's interest, it's in Afghanistan's interest to go after these terrorist groups, to root them outand to destroy them,” the State Department deputy spokesman said.

Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference the US wanted to see peace and stability in the region, a task involving involve efforts on Pakistan's part, as well as the ability of the Afghan government to provide security to its people.

Toner strongly condemnedTaliban attacks on the Ministry of Defense as well as CARE International -- an institution dedicated to helping Afghans build a better future.

“We commend the courageous actions that were taken by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in the aftermath of these attacks. They responded quickly and decisively to the incidents.

“We are going to stand strong with our Afghan partners as they strive to improve citizen safety and security and work towards building a lasting peace in that nation,” he said.

Responding to a question, Toner said Afghanistan would be an important topic of discussion during the upcoming UN General Assembly later this month.

“We have had very frank conversations with Pakistan's leadership about the need to focus more efforts on those terrorist groups - all the terrorist groups, rather - that are operating on Pakistani soil.

The United States, he said, continued to work closely with the unity government in Afghanistan. “We believe in the current power-sharing arrangement. I don't have a specific comment on the delay in having a Loya Jirgainfo-icon…”

The US backed the Afghan government as it sought to enact certain reforms and increase the capability of the security forces, he remarked, asking Pakistan to go after all the terrorist groups operating on its soil.


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