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Afghanistan, Pakistan face common threat: US

Afghanistan, Pakistan face common threat: US

May 14, 2016 - 12:33

 WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon faced a common threat from terrorism, the United States said Friday amidst indication of the relationship between the two countries hitting a new low.

 “The US continues to believe that Afghanistan and Pakistan still face a shared threat from terrorist networks. Terrorist networks which continue to use the spine between those two countries as safe haven,” the State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.

That was why US still had a counterterrorism presence in Afghanistan and continued to work with the government of Pakistan as best we could to help share information, as appropriate, to help all sides to go after the shared threat, he said in response to a question.

Terrorism was a common enemy to the people of Afghanistan Pakistan. They had been working and communicating together and we wanted to see that kind of dialogue and cooperation to go on and continued to improve,” Kirby insisted.

A day earlier the Secretary of State John Kerry met the President Ashraf Ghani privately in London, he said. The United States supported President Ghani’s efforts at reform and at building a unity government, he said.

“His work with Chief Executive Abdullah remains important and we know that he's much focused on the issue of corruption in Afghanistan and we fully support those efforts,” Kirby said.

Responding to a question, Kirby said the Talibaninfo-icon continues to profit and to resource itself off the narcotics trade US. “The narcotics trade in Afghanistan obviously has been a longstanding problem. We know that the Taliban continues to profit and to resource itself off the narcotics trade. So this is not a new concern,” he said.




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