Afghanistan has demanded the United States clarify remarks made by President Donald Trump, who said the country “would be wiped off the face of the Earth” if he wanted to win the war in Afghanistan.
The office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement that Afghanistan “will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate.” Adding “While the Afghan government supports the US efforts for ensuring peace in Afghanistan, the government underscores that foreign heads of state cannot determine Afghanistan’s fate in absence of the Afghan leadership. Afghanistan will remain dignified and firm in the global political arena”.
Rahmatullah Nabil, former Afghan intelligence chief and presidential candidate and Security advisor Doctor Hamdullah Mohib slammed Trump on Twitter. “Your insulting message to [Afghanistan],” Nabil wrote, “is either accept the [Pakistan] proposal for peace or eventually you may have to use nukes.
A political expert General Abdul Wahid Taqat and Security advisor Dr.Hamadullah Mohib, has strongly reacted to Trump’s comment too, saying that history has often proved that Afghanistan has been graveyard of empires.
Advisor to the former President Hamid Karzai,ShahzadaMasoudhas strongly condemned Trump’s controversial remarks, saying “Such remark is sign of enmity rather than friendship with Afghanistan.”
Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini expressed a similar sentiment, calling Trump’s statement “reckless” and “appalling.”
The Afghan public expressed revulsion at Trump’s remarks, which came as U.S. envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad arrived in the Middle East for talks with the Taliban.
Trump’s comments came during a meeting in the Oval Office Monday with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“I have plans on Afghanistan that, if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth. It would be gone,” the president added. “It would be over in, literally, in 10 days. And I don’t want to do that—I don’t want to go that route.”