By Ugur Cil
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister said Tuesday that a common stance is needed in the region against the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
“We have talked to friendly countries in the region and decided that we need to take a common stance [against Donald Trump’s policy],” Khawaja Asif told Anadolu Agency at the airport in capital Ankara, as he left for Pakistan.
On Tuesday, Asif met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali
Bilateral cooperation in trade,
He added that both Turkey and Pakistan were against a military solution to Afghanistan.
We hope for an approach which focuses on peace in Afghanistan. Not the way [American] President Trump has declared that they want to kill the terrorists, and not participate in development in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif
Last month, Trump announced a new phase in the 16-year campaign in Afghanistan, which, while short on detail, pledged further U.S. military involvement against the Taliban.
Trump also criticized Pakistan for providing “safe havens for terrorist organizations” and called on Pakistan’s regional rival India to become further involved in Afghanistan.
The apparent switch from Pakistan, a long-standing U.S. ally, to India led to the cancellation of three high-level meetings with U.S. officials by Islamabad and the passing of a resolution in
Taliban do not need a safe haven in Pakistan. Americans have given them 40 percent of Afghan territory in the last 15 years. So the Americans have provided them safe havens, not Pakistan.
Asif also pledged support to Turkey in its fight against the
The terrorists in Turkey, the Gulenist mafia, are our enemies. We stand with our Turkish brother in the fight against terrorism.
According to the Turkish government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
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