Trilateral Afghan-US-India summit is not against Pakistan: Musazai
Mon Jun 18, 3:18 pm
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the US decision on trilateral summit between Afghanistan, India and the United States, saying the summit will be effective for Afghanistan and regional stability.
The US has ensured Pakistan that the tripartite summit wouldn’t be against the interests of Pakistan, but fears exist that Pakistan may extend its support of the insurgency if this tripartite meeting is held.
Recently, the Iranian foreign minister during the conference of Heart of Asia countries had voiced his opposition to the long-term presence of US forces in Afghanistan, saying the continued presence of American soldiers was causing instability in the region.
Responding to these concerns, the spokesman of foreign ministry Janan Musazai told the reporters on Sunday that the presence of ISAF and NATO troops in Afghanistan was vital in the fight against terrorism and important for the country’s economic development.
All the peace plans of Afghanistan’s allies outside the country are in favor of Afghanistan, Musazai said referring to recent discussions of US special envoy, Marc Grossman, on the opening of peace talks with the Taliban outside of Afghanistan.
Musazai said Australia has pledged a $36 million dollar increase in its annual assistance to Afghanistan. Based on this increase, Musazai said, Australia’s annual assistance to Afghanistan will reach to $200 million dollars, with the assistance continuing to the end of 2013.