US President announces new strategy for South Asian nations
US President Donald J. Trump has announced a new strategy to address threats from South Asia in an effort to enhance security of the country and its allies and partners.
The new strategy, which will involve Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the Central Asian nations, seeks to prevent Taliban from gaining foothold in Afghanistan and stop mass terror attacks against America.
The strategy is expected to be supported by Nato allies and global partners such as Australia who have already committed to provide additional troops and funding increases.
The US aims to stop the resurgence of terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Trump said: “Today, 20 US-designated foreign terrorist organisations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world.
“For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror. 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 also declared that nuclear weapons and materials must be prevented from reaching terrorists.
According to Trump, a withdrawal from Afghanistan would create space for terrorists in that country.
Trump intends to work with India to provide more economic assistance and targeted development to the people of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Foundation is calling on Trump to withdraw 4,000 US troops from Afghanistan by Christmas this year.
It has also requested Trump to reduce the number of US-paid, private security contract personnel operating covertly in Afghanistan.