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Taliban can’t outwait us, says US diplomat

Taliban can’t outwait us, says US diplomat

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Mar 24, 2018 - 10:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): There are signs of progress toward preventing Afghanistaninfo-icon from being used again as a terrorist safe haven, says a senior US State Department diplomat.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Henry S. Ensher, speaking at a university in New York on Friday, said: “This is the first time since I’ve been dealing with Afghanistan that I think there’s a chance to get to a resolution…”

The Military Times quoted him as saying: “Every other time I’ve been there, every other time I’ve worked on it, I have felt we have been doing the best we can to hold on, to improve the situation.”

Efforts by the US military efforts and its coalition partners and the new strategy for the region were having an impact on the Talibaninfo-icon, he noted. “We’re not going anywhere, that they cannot just outwait us.”

Ensher spoke to the Times about Afghanistan after a presentation he made at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Establishing peace and stability could be preferable to getting out of the country, the diplomat remarked.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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