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Trump's South Asia strategy working: Pompeo

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US Donald Trump's strategy is working, his top asserted today stating that many of the militants now see that they cannot win militarily.

The president's strategy is indeed working. Our strategy has sent a clear message to the Afghan peoples and its that we will support them as they continue to fight to defend their country and their people, Pompeo said at a joint conference with Afghan in

Trump had announced the policy last year.

Pompeo made an unannounced stop in on his way from to to attend the NATO Summit later this week.

On the sidelines of the summit, Trump will have a meeting with NATO member countries on

The strategy has sent a clear message to the they cannot wait us out and we are beginning to see the results both on the battlefield where the Taliban's momentum is slowing and in the prospects for peace with them, Pompeo said.

During his talks with Ghani, Pompeo said the two leaders had a chance to discuss the progress is making to prepare for elections this fall.

We support the and security forces as they work to ensure safe, credible, and transparent polls that reflect the will of the Afghan people. We call on all of our partners to continue this support, he said.

Responding to a question on the peace process, Pompeo said an element of the progress is the capacity that they now have to believe that there is hope that many of the now see that they can't win on the ground militarily.

They're deeply connected to Trump's strategy. We saw this. We saw what happened. We saw the Taliban respond to the ceasefire that President Ghani put in place. These are linked issues, he said.

The progress we've made in the strategy in increasing the size and the capability of the Afghan security forces, in strengthening the reforms inside the Afghan government, the work that we have done to demonstrate to the Taliban that the continuation of fighting will lead them to a bad outcome, not one that's in the best interests of the people in the regions where they operate each of those are hallmarks of real progress, the top American said.

At the same time, he acknowledged that there is still a great deal of work to do. That is certainly the case, and the American role will be important in this. But we can't run the peace talks. We can't settle this from the outside, he said.

This will be settled by the Afghan people coming together, their cumulative realisation that living together in harmony and peace, treating each other with dignity, which was seen during the ceasefire and we have seen it in the aftermath. The US, he said is very hopeful that that will lead to a successful reduction in violence as we move into the elections.

We're counting on all the actors in the region to be supportive of that. The Pakistanis too need to understand that they need to have a set of elections that do not have violence. We're counting on all of the actors in the region to support this process and make sure the Afghan people can have their voices heard during these elections, he said.

We think each of those is greatly increased as a result of the strategy that President Trump laid out now almost 12 months ago, he said.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 00:15 IST
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