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Taliban being used as hedge against India: US officer

ANI  |  Islamabad (Pakistan) 

The newly-appointed (Centcom) has said that is using as a "hedge against India".

"At this time, does not appear to be using the full extent of its influence to encourage the to come to the table. We continue to see the being utilised as a hedge against rather than as part of a stable, reconciled Afghanistan," Dawn quoted McKenzie as saying during a congressional meeting this week.

While noting that is an important element in the long-term stability in Afghanistan, he, however, said that Islamabad's policies on has often led to frustration between the US governments and militaries.

McKenzie, who will replace in near future as Centcom chief, said that Pakistan will be his priority engagement.

Indicating his possible policies towards Islamabad, he said that US Centcom would continue to support efforts "towards a to the conflict in which includes ensuring that Islamabad's equities are acknowledged in any future agreement."

He further recommended strengthening military-to-military relations between the US and Pakistan.

Earlier, US Donald Trump, in a letter to Pakistan Imran Khan, asked Islamabad's help with "faltering Afghan peace talks".

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 18:25 IST