U.S President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R McMaster said in an interview with TOLOnews on Sunday members of the Taliban who refuse to join the peace process will be defeated on the battlegrounds.
“The Taliban must be defeated as well. They can be defeated in a number of ways. For those that are reconcilable, who are now willing to join their Afghan brothers to strengthen the Afghan state, to end the violence, to be part of the political process, I think your president and the chief executive officer they will welcome them back in. So it is their choice now,” he said.
Commenting on the U.S bombing on Daesh militants in Nangarhar, he said his country would not tolerate the existence of such groups.
“Well it is not just the bomb (Thursday’s MOAB), but it is really what our soldiers are doing every day alongside courageous Afghan soldiers, fighting Daesh, ensuring that these people who victimized women, who shoot people in hospital beds, we cannot tolerate the existence of that kind of an organization. They are a threat to all civilized people, so we have come together in a long struggle against these groups who must be defeated,” he added.
In response to a question about Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan, McMaster said Pakistan should seek its interests in Afghanistan or any other country through political channels and not through violence.
“As all of us have hoped for many many years, we have hoped that Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest to go after these groups less selectively than they have in the past and the best way to pursue their interest in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through diplomacy not through the use of proxies that engage in violence,” he stated.
This is the first visit of Donald Trump’s national security advisor to Kabul. He will visit Pakistan and India following his visit to Kabul where he will assess the situation in the country and then report back to the White House.
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