- Title: Afghan government says Trump's new war strategy is in their favour
- Date: 22nd August 2017
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 22, 2017) (REUTERS) AFGHAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ABDULLAH ABDULLAH WALKING TO PODIUM AT NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SEATED AT CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ABDULLAH ABDULLAH, SAYING: "I am sure that the announcement of the policy and implementation of it will affect the situation in favour of the Afghan national security forces." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ABDULLAH ABDULLAH, SAYING: "While this is the policy announced by the United States, which has a regional aspect in it, at the same time our message as Afghans to our neighbouring countries has been that our hands of friendship is extended. We are ready to work on all issues, related issues, amongst us. And that's in our interest and that's not just our self-interest but also in our common interest." CAMERAS FILMING ABDULLAH LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 5th September 2017 10:50
- Keywords: Afghanistan Trump Afghanistan Afghan government Afghan war Taliban US troops in Afghanistan
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016V8N807
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday (August 22) welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's new strategy on the war in Afghanistan, saying it would work in the security forces' favour.
Trump on Monday (August 21) committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in the country, signaling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win". He offered few specifics.
Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, Abdullah said the decision by the U.S. should be considered alongside Afghanistan's call for neighbouring countries to come together to work on related issues.
The Afghan Taliban meanwhile condemned the decision, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying "as long as there is even one American soldier in our country", the Islamist insurgents would "continue our jihad".
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