Washington’s top diplomat said the United States would seek its interest in Afghanistan by pushing for a legitimate peace process and keeping the terrorist networks confined.
Previously, Trump had made the battle to eradicate “radical Islamic terrorism the focus of his foreign policy”. Tillerson said the State Department would be part of the effort.
He described the threat as emanating in “concentric circles” from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria through the Middle East to Africa and Central Asia.
“So a lot of work ahead of us,” he said, underlining that the battle is central to policy in the region.
“Many of you are directly engaged in it already. Many more of you are going to become engaged in it, I think you can expect.”
Last month, Tillerson said the United States would set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.
“The United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home,” Tillerson said.
The Afghan government stresses on equipping Afghan security forces beside peace in the country.
Deputy spokesman of Executive Office, Jawid Faisal said, “We want peace in Afghanistan. Our diplomatic and political efforts are underway, but we have the responsibility to have the needed measures in military sectors. Afghan security forces should be equipped more better than today that if we would not get result from peace process then we must be strong in terms of military to defend our people.”
This comes as Afghanistan biggest peace achievements is the agreement with Hezb-e Islmai party, but the fate of Taliban’s reconciliation is unclear so far.