Tillerson: America Is Not Going Anywhere As Long As Taliban Decide to Join Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the American forces will remain in Afghanistan as long as the Taliban militant group has not decided to join a peace process and form a government that suit the needs of the culture of Afghanistan.

“It is about a commitment, a message to the Taliban and other elements that we’re not going anywhere,” speaking on US-India partnership at an American think-tank Secretary Tillerson said,” we’ll be [in Afghanistan] as long as it takes for you to change your mind and decide you want to engage with the Afghan Government in a reconciliation process and develop a form of government that does suit the needs of the culture of Afghanistan.”

The top U.S. diplomat added that as Washington implements President Trump’s new South Asia strategy its relations with Islamabad is based on Pakistan own merits.

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Trump Unveils Long-Awaited Afghan Strategy

The US President Donald Trump early on Tuesday morning announced his administration’s new strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

After paying tribute to the US forces in Afghanistan, Trump said “I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia.”

He was expected to talk about number of US troops which will be deployed to Afghanistan based on the new strategy. However, he did not mention this matter in his speech.

“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities,” he said. “America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.”

He said the US victory in Afghanistan will have a definition.

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