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NATO troops no threat to Afghan neighbours: Gen. Allen

NATO troops no threat to Afghan neighbours: Gen. Allen

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May 22, 2012 - 14:55

CHICAGO (PANinfo-icon): NATOinfo-icon commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon Gen. John Allen said the presence of foreign troops on Afghanistan soil is not a threat to neighbouring Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon.

“The summit was very important gathering for the worldinfo-icon and Afghanistan in which clear message was given to Afghans, their neighbours and Talibaninfo-icon,” Allen told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the 25th NATO summit in Chicago.

“The presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan will not be a threat to Iran and Pakistan,” he insisted, saying the message for the Afghan government and people was that the international community would continue long-term assistance to the country, and help in promoting good governance.

For Afghanistan’s neighbours, the message was that the international community was with Afghanistan, where peace and stability was not only for the benefit of the country but also crucial for the region and the world as a whole, explained Allen.

Commenting on NATO’s links with Pakistan, Allen said: “Relations have improved and I hope the country would allow ISAFinfo-icon supplies (to Afghanistan).”

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