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Focus on Afghanistan’s economic development, US told

Focus on Afghanistan’s economic development, US told

Nov 09, 2017 - 08:45

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Trump administration should enhance its focus on the economic development of conflict-devastated Afghanistan, believes a top scholar.

Intizar Khadim, a fellow at the Arizona State University, told a Russian media outlet the Afghanistan problem could not be resolved through an increased military presence.

Speaking to Sputnik, he claimed much of the money in Afghanistan had been wasted due to a wrong strategy that ignored the country’s economic revival.

Khadim recalled there were more than 130,000 foreign troops in the country at one point, but “we now see that the situation is worse than it was in 2006 and 2007.

Asked why the US continued raising its military presence, he said: “I think that, for the time being, the US and NATO countries will have to stay in Afghanistan because the Afghan government needs the support of the international community…”

PAN Monitor/mud