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Afghans jubilant on Trump’s warning to Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib on Monday thanked US President Donald Trump for breaking America’s silence on Pakistan’s harboring of terrorists who attack its neighbours.

“We welcome this decision, which is the result of intense deliberations and takes into account both countries’ needs and considerations. This is the first time a focus has been put on what Afghanistan must have to succeed, and we are grateful for this outcome,” Mohib said soon after Trump concluded his speech.

Mohib added Trump had embraced a strategy that gave Afghanistan what it needed, specifically a shift away from talking about timetables and numbers to letting conditions on the ground determine military strategy.

It also expanded “authority to move swiftly against terrorist activities and criminal networks in place of micromanagement from Washington” and “a breaking of silence over Pakistan’s shelters for terrorists,” the ambassador said.

Like America, Afghanistan also desired an honorable and enduring outcome of the fight for all Afghan, US and NATO soldiers who had sacrificed to advance the cause of peace, Mohib remarked.

President Ashraf Ghani would deliver a full statement on the new Afghan strategy of the US on Tuesday. The former Pakistani A\ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani also welcomed the new policy.

“President Trump has acknowledged what Americans have known for some time. Pakistan’s regional goals as identified by its powerful military are at variance with America’s interests,” Haqqani said.

Trump had clearly decided he would not let Pakistan block peace and stability in Afghanistan, and endanger itself in the process, while retaining its status as a US ally, Haqqani said.

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