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Kabul rejects Abbasi remarks about India’s Afghan role

Kabul rejects Abbasi remarks about India’s Afghan role

Sep 23, 2017 - 18:48

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Saturday said Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s remarks about India’s role in Afghanistan were a clear interference in their country’s internal affairs.

During an interaction at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York on Thursday, Abbasi had said there was no role for India in Afghanistan political or military.

Abbasi claimed India’s involvement in Afghanistan would further complicate the situation and would not resolve anything.

However, President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesman, Dawa Khan Menapal, on Saturday said Abbasi remarks were “direct interference” in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Afghanistan is a sovereign country and it maintains relations with all countries keeping in view its national interests.”

Menapal said Afghanistan and India besides economic and political ties had the common goal of combating terrorism, because it was a common threat to both of them.

“Afghanistan’s relations with India are no harm or damage to any country, so no one should worry about it.”

Earlier, Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad, Hazrat Omar Zalkhilwal, had told a conference that Afghanistan-India ties were not against Pakistan.

Last month, US President Donald Trump announced a new phase in the 16-year campaign in Afghanistan, pledging further US military involvement against the Taliban.

Trump also criticized Pakistan for providing “safe havens for terrorist organizations” and called on Pakistan’s regional rival India to become further involved in Afghanistan.