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Trump outlines new Afghan policy; says Pak to pay for harbouring terrorists

The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states, says Donald Trump

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Trump outlines new Afghan strategy; says Pak will pay for harbouring terrorists
India makes billions of dollars with the United States in trade,want them to help us more in Afghanistan: Donald Trump (Photo: ANI)

US President unveiled his updated Afghanistan policy to 'win' a war which has stretched over 16 years. Targetting for its safe harbour to terrorism over the years, Trump said that America cannot be silent about Pakistan’s safe haven for terror groups. Identifying as a refuge to terrorism the President said, “often gives safe havens to agents of chaos, violence and terror.” Trump went on to add that more than 20 US designated terror organisation is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world.

The US today ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan as President warned of consequences if it continues to provide safe havens to terror groups and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country.

Trump, in a prime-time televised address to the nation, laid out his South Asia policy saying a "critical part" of it was to further develop US' strategic partnership with India.

He said after a "comprehensive review", it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically.

"A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I've said many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance, the dates we intend to begin, or end, military operations," Trump said in his address.

"We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities," Trump said as he announced his South Asia policy in front of about 2,000 people from all five services and top officials of his administration.

Trump slammed for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so.

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond," Trump said.

"has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists," he said, in a apparent warning to

The US President reached out to India seeking an enhanced role for New Delhi, especially in the economic field, to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

India, the world's largest democracy, is a key security and economic partner of the United States, he said.

"We appreciate India's important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development," Trump said.
Here are the top highlights of Trump's address:
 
— We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other: US President in an address to the nation.
 
— often gives safe havens to agents of chaos, violence and terror: Trump.
 
— The threat is worse because and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict, says US President.
 
— A core pillar of our new strategy in Afghanistan is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions: Trump.
 
— has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists: Trump.
 
— We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens to terrorist organisations: Trump
 
— We want to further develop US' strategic partnership with India, says Trump.

— We want India to help us more in Afghanistan, especially in the economic sector: Trump.

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First Published: Tue, August 22 2017. 07:55 IST
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