Afghanistan Welcomes ‘Any Option’ for Ending Ongoing War

(Last Updated On: August 16, 2017)

Afghanistan welcomes “any option” for ending the ongoing war in the country that now on its 16th year, Afghan President’s Office said Wednesday.

On Monday, the U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that “all options” remained on the table over new strategy in Afghanistan, those options included a full withdrawal of troops as well as a proposal for the use of more contractors to manage the U.S. effort there.

The Afghan President’s Office Deputy Spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal said the government taking “any option that brings lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the region,” into consideration.

Earlier, reports emerged that the Trump administration is considering a plan proposed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize a large portion of the U.S. effort in Afghanistan.

 “The debate on privatization of U.S. mission in Afghanistan is a plan of one person not all American officials,” Minapal said. “We need to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan,” Minapal added.

Prince’s plan calls for sending about 5,000 private military contractors to replace U.S. troops helping the Afghan army.

In response, the Afghan Defense Ministry Spokesman Dawlat Waziri said: “Whatever the plan is, we want the end of the [ongoing] war. We neither want privatization nor increase or reduction of the [foreign] troops. Most important is to end the war.”

By Shakib Mahmud and Samira Zafari. 

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