Pence to Afghan president: USA is 'here to see this through'

26 December, 2017, 10:12 | Author: Jason Torres
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Their ties have been poisoned in recent years by Afghan accusations that Pakistan is supporting Taliban insurgents fighting the US-backed Kabul in order to limit the influence of its old rival, India, in Afghanistan.

China, in particular, thanked Pakistan and Afghanistan for supporting Beijing's fight against the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and other groups.

Talking to reporters on Monday, Wang said: "China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as three neighbors, will naturally try to strengthen cooperation amongst each other".

"We will continue zero tolerance policy against terrorism", Salahuddin Rabbani expressed the resolve.

Pence's trip was focused on a strategy Trump announced in August to "fight to win" in Afghanistan by attacking enemies, routing al-Qaida and preventing terrorist attacks against Americans.

In a statement on his official Twitter account, the minister said: "Don't blame or threat us, learn from our experience in war against terror...if that is our common objective". The first-year president has urged the shift away from a "time-based" approach to the protracted conflict by linking USA assistance to results and cooperation from the Afghan government, Pakistan and other partners.

He presided over the Senate's early Wednesday vote on a bill to cut taxes, then joined Trump for a Cabinet meeting and a White House event with Republican lawmakers to celebrate final passage of the legislation.

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He said the dialogue aimed at promoting bilateral ties between the three countries and reiterated China would continue to maintain friendly ties with both the countries.

Pakistan's Asif also said that Afghanistan and Pakistan are two "strong brothers".

"Peace in Afghanistan is a need for Pakistan", he said.

China's media reported that President Xi Jinping has sought to present China as a responsible alternative to the USA, shifting from a longstanding policy of keeping a low profile in global affairs. However, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be hosting the talks.

China is investing more than $50 billion in Pakistan to create an economic corridor that would link its remote western region to the Arabian sea.

Wang said the meeting aims to set up a communication platform for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and boost trilateral cooperation.



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