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McMaster calls Ghani, wants Afghans to stand united

McMaster calls Ghani, wants Afghans to stand united

Jun 06, 2017 - 08:51

​WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster on Monday spoke with President Ashraf Ghani to condemn recent terrorist attacks and express solidarity with people of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

McMaster underscored America’s steadfast support for the national unity government and urged the Afghans to stand united as terrorists were seeking to divide them, the White House said.

He said the United Stated remained strong in its resolve to achieve the security and peace that the people of Afghanistan deserved, according to a statement from the White House. 

McMaster extended Ghani and all Afghans his best wishes for Ramadaninfo-icon and expressed confidence the Afghan people would overcome the difficult period and defeat their enemies. 

“He expressed admiration for the courageous Afghan security forces who work daily to confront the enemies of all civilised people,” the statement added.

Meanwhile Republican Congressman Walter Jones urged President Donald Trump not to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan.

“I’m absolutely opposed to it, because if you increase the number of American troops, that means the number of Americans to be killed and wounded goes up.

“And again, I come back to the point, what have we accomplished? We spent over $800 billion dollars. We are very close to $1 trillion in the past 16 years,” Jones told PJ Media in an interview.

“We've had over 2,200 Americans killed and 20,000 wounded. What have we accomplished? In fact, [Hamid] Karzai, the former leader of Afghanistan, is now trying to get the Russians to negotiate with the Talibaninfo-icon so he can go back into power.

“It’s now like the Wild West that is wilder than it has ever been… by increasing the number of troops, all you’re doing is increasing the odds of American troops being killed or wounded,” Jones said.



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