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War to escalate if talks don’t begin by April, warns Ghani

War to escalate if talks don’t begin by April, warns Ghani

Jan 25, 2016 - 09:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has warned the war in Afghanistaninfo-icon will escalate, with consequences across the region, if peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon do not begin by April.

"Time is not a friend … We all understand that February and March are crucial," the president said, calling the conflict in his country just one component of a wider war that also encompassed Pakistaninfo-icon.

In an interview with the BBC, Ghani described problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan as interrelated. He made clear the issues could not be resolved by use of force in one country.

Pakistan should take action against the Taliban groups that did not refused coming to the negotiating table, the president implied, believing the neighbours needed to act together to preserve the state system.

About the rise of Daesh in his war-torn country, Ghani vowed to bury the militant outfit in Afghanistan. Not an Afghan phenomenon, the Islamic State’s activities had angered the people, he said.

"Afghans are now motivated by revenge. They [IS] have confronted the wrong people," he remarked, stressing the need for action against the group at regional and international level.

In his message to Afghan migrants streaming to Europe, the president said: "What I say to them is that you have no future in Europe. Europe is shutting down its borders.”

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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