Written by admin on Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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Ghani Upbeat About Winning The War In Afghanistan
Thursday, September 21, 2017

*President Ashraf Ghani said the increase in the number of troops is in accordance with the bilateral security agreements between Kabul and Washington

President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday night at the Peace and Security meeting at Asia Society, that under the US’s new war strategy he is sure there is a bigger chance of winning the war against terrorism – more so now than before.

He said the new strategy focuses on strengthening the Afghan forces and increasing pressure on Pakistan therefore he is optimistic about the results of the policy.

“The other components of the security (strategy) are regional and domestic and in that context I would like to welcome the announcement of the South Asia strategy by the (US President Donald) Trump administration.

“I want to assure every American parent that American forces are not going to be involved in conflict,” he added.

He said the increase in troops is within the limits and understandings of the bilateral security agreement and the strategic partnership agreement.

The president said one of the reasons behind insecurity is the lack of capacity of the Afghan National and Local Police force members.

“The Afghan Army has been able to retake every single district within days. Our problem is in hold, because our police is not substantially reformed and is not at that capacity. But this is changing,” he said referring to reports on the percentage of government’s control of Afghanistan’s territory.

He assured those present that reforms will be brought in security agencies – particularly within the ministry of interior.

He discussed ways to bring peace to the country and said one option is talks with Pakistan at a state level.

“Peace for us is a double process of peace. First and foremost, peace between the state of Afghanistan and the state of Pakistan; this peace is fundamental to creating stability and following that prosperity in both in South and Central Asia,” Ghani said.

He added that the Afghan government has made strides in the peace process but that not much has been done in the past two and a half years.

The Afghan president said the quadrilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan, US and China is a unique chance for Islamabad.

“It is a unique opportunity for Pakistan to discuss with us the legacy of the past and to be determined not to repeat the past and to overcome the
past,” he said.


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