Afghan fury as Trump says he could wipe out the country in 10 days

30th Aug 2019
Afghan fury as Trump says he could wipe out the country in 10 days

Photo: US President Donald Trump said he could have “wiped” out Afghanistan  during a meeting with Pakistani PM Imran (Photo: Pakistani PM Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency)

Elham Asaad Buaras

The Afghan Government has slammed US President, Donald Trump’s remarks that he could have “wiped” the country “off the face of the Earth” if he wanted to as unacceptable.

Speaking during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, in the Oval Office on July 22, Trump said, “I could win that war in a week. I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.”

“If I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone. It would be over in – literally, in 10 days and I don’t want to do – I don’t want to go that route.”

The comments came as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, arrived in Kabul for discussions with Afghan leadership on the next steps to reach an agreement to end America’s longest war.

According to CNN, Trump’s remarks resulted in a “confrontational meeting” in Kabul between Khalilzad and the Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani.

Khalilzad attempted to clarify the remarks in a tweet saying Trump “had reiterated to the world that there is no viable military solution to the war in Afghanistan and that peace must be achieved through a political settlement.”

In a statement, Sediq Sediqqi, Spokesman for the President of Afghanistan, called for further “clarification on the US President’s statements” adding “The Afghan nation has not and will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate.”

A spokesman for the Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid said: “The policy of aggression and tyranny is fruitless and demonstrates ignorance regarding why Afghanistan is called the Graveyard of Empires.”

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the US is prepared to remove American troops from Afghanistan, but has not agreed on a timeline. Pompeo said he “hopes” a deal will be reached by September 1, ahead of the Afghan presidential elections later that month.

The Afghan Government was the second country to slam Trump’s remarks made during the meeting with Khan.

Trump had claimed that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, personally asked him if he would like to be a mediator in the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

A spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, denied Trump’s claim, saying on Twitter that “no such request has been made” by Modi.

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