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After Trump said he could "wipe Afghanistan off the ground," his leaders are seeking "clarification"



Afghan leaders demanded clarification on Tuesday after President Donald Trump declared that the US military could win the 18-year war in Afghanistan in 10 days, but would "eradicate" the country from the ground. [19659002] "While the Afghan government supports US efforts to secure peace in Afghanistan, the government underlines that foreign heads of state can not determine the fate of Afghanistan," said the Afghan president's office in a statement. "Given the diverse relations between Afghanistan and the United States, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is calling for a clarification of the US President's statements."

Trump said Monday in the White House next to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"If we wanted to wage war in Afghanistan and win, I could win this war in a week," Trump said. "I just do not want to kill 1

0 million people … If I wanted to win this war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the floor, it would have disappeared, it would literally be over in 10 days and I do not want to – I do not want to go this way."

The comments came when Zalmay Khalilzad, the leading US diplomat for Afghan reconciliation, arrived in Kabul to discuss the next steps with the Afghan leadership to reach an agreement to end the longest American war. The US Special Envoy's trip, as well as his meetings, had been announced by the State Department prior to the President's remarks.

Khalilzad is in Kabul this week, "to detect a national negotiating team that can take part in intra-Afghan negotiations". according to a State Department statement. The Afghan government has previously refused to talk directly to the Taliban and expressed frustration over being barred from the negotiation process.

The Special Representative will then travel to Qatar for the next round of talks with the Taliban. Early on Tuesday Khalilzad attempted to clarify the remarks in a tweet in which he said Trump has "repeated to the world that there is no viable military solution to the war in Afghanistan and that peace exists [19659002] Khalilzad met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday afternoon, and the Afghan president's office said the two had discussed Trump's remarks. "And we continued to do that."

But State Secretary Mike Pompeo spoke from Kabul last month, saying that the US was ready to say goodbye to US forces from Afghanistan, the two sides had not yet agreed on a timetable. [19659009]
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