USA and Pakistan clash at United Nations over Afghanistan

Frederick Owens
January 22, 2018

The US said that any efforts in Afghanistan can not be successful if a status quo in Pakistan, where terrorist organisations are given sanctuary inside the country's borders, is allowed to continue.

Addressing the session of UN Security Council on Afghanistan, Ambassador Lodhi made it evident that USA should focus in Afghanistan instead of leveling baseless accusations against Pakistan. The comments were made after a UN Security Council visit to Afghanistan.

He said any peace deal must include a firm commitment from the Taliban that they will cut ties to terrorism, cease violence and accept the Afghan constitution.

India's permanent representative at the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin, during a debate at the United Nations on Afghanistan, pointed out the role of safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan in the instability in Afghanistan.

But he said: "We must recognize the reality that while the Afghan government has been adamant about its interests in initiating peace talks with the Taliban, there has been no reciprocal interest on the part of the Taliban". Stability and prosperity in Afghanistan will benefit Pakistan as well, since it will enable a return of refugees and remove the ability of ISIS and other terror groups to operate against Pakistan from outside the country.

Sullivan said there had already been joint US-Afghan progress against Islamic State terrorists in the eastern part of the country, reducing their territory and eliminating a third of the group's fighters.

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The exchange followed the Trump administration's announcement this month that it was suspending military aid to Pakistan until it takes decisive action against militants.

"This approach is misguided or worse pernicious", he said.

"It is not enough to pay lip service to a negotiated settlement and then execute a strategy of force and coercion under the delusion that this will work in Afghanistan", asserted the ambassador.

Akbaruddin said India remains committed to working closely with its regional and global partners to bring peace, security, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai said: "We are pleased to note that the imperative of addressing the problem of regional terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens is now recognized more than ever before".

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