The U.S. President Donald Trump has indicated to open door for a political dialogue with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In his first address as the commander-in-chief, President Trump said, “after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan.”
President Trump, however, didn’t outline a timeline of any possible dialogue with the Taliban. He said, “Nobody knows if or when that will ever happen.”
Reiterating American commitment to stripping the terrorists of their territory Trump said, “America and our partners are committed to stripping terrorists of their territory, cutting off their funding, and exposing the false allure of their evil ideology.”
Trump slams Pakistan
President Trump has accused Pakistan of giving safe haven to the terrorists. “Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror,” he said.
According to Trump, the threat is worse because “Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen.”
Trump said the America’s interest in Pakistan and Afghanistan is ‘clear’. He said, “We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America.”
The US is killing terrorists, not building nation
The U.S. President said that building Afghanistan is the responsibility of the people of Afghanistan because “Ultimately, it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society, and to achieve an everlasting peace.”
“It is Afghan people who to decide how they want to dictate the future of their country”, said Trump.
After an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy with additional troops and funding increases in line with our own. Trump said, “We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society.” President Trump added, “We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.”
Trump against rapid exit
President Trump is now against hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He said, “The consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable.”
The U.S. President said, “A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.”
He didn’t forget to mention his earlier comments, “My original instinct was to pull out — and, historically, I like following my instincts. But all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you’re President of the United States.”
We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society. We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.
Trump’s deep concern for Afghan security
President Trump expressed his worry over the security threats that exist in Afghanistan where U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active. Trump said, “I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense.”
“Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan — the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world,” added Trump.
President Trump wants victory for “the men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory.” He said, “They deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have earned, to fight and to win.”