Stable Afghanistan in interest of India, Pakistan: US
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Thursday said that it was in the interest of New Delhi and Islamabad to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan.
A stable and secure Afghanistan emerged from years of fighting was in the best interest of Pakistan and India, State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told a news conference.
There had been multiple contentious issues between the two nuclear powers, he said, adding both countries needed to take conciliatory approach to each other and to work through some of the issues for the greater good of the region
Toner was responding to a question on a recent remark by a visiting Pakistani envoy that there could be no peace in Kabul unless the US helped resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Reiterating US support for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process, Toner said this still remained, in his belief, the best way to bring about a stable and prosperous future for Afghanistan.
“It has been a difficult fighting season, and certainly, we’ve seen a security situation in Helmand over the past week or so, which is a particular concern,” he said.
The Taliban remained a resilient insurgency and to date, they continued to challenge the Afghan government forces, and the latest attack in Helmand was just another example, he said. It was an effort by the Taliban to create and sow instability and frankly, to undermine the progress that the country has made over the past 15 years, he said.
“Thus far, while the Afghan security forces have certainly been challenged, they’ve held the line and they’ve performed remarkably well,” Toner concluded.
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