The US has told Pakistan that there can be no peace in the region until the cross-border attacks are stopped. Richard Olson, US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, also said that Pakistan’s struggle with terrorism would not come to an end until it made a decisive shift in its policy of tolerance towards externally-focused groups.
“US officials have been very clear with the most senior Pakistani leadership that Pakistan must target all militant groups without discrimination including those that target Pakistan’s neighbours – and close all safe havens,” said Olson.
Olson added that US President Barack Obama’s administration had also conveyed this message to the Pakistani government, reports Dawn
Richard Olson and General John Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan meeting Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif cmnbtv
Olson also emphasised the need for a constructive relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan which, he said, was essential for bringing peace and stability to the region.
He also underlined that the US plans to fully support the Delhi-Kabul relationship, including through the revival of US-India-Afghanistan trilateral talks, which will take place next week on the margins of the UN General Assembly.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi dnaindia
He also welcomed India’s provision of training and non-lethal security assistance to Afghanistan.
Olson also appreciated China’s emerging role in the region, and welcomed its participation in the Quadrilateral Coordination Group.