Kabul, Afghanistan – The Afghan government requested on Tuesday to clarify President Donald Trump's statement that the US military could end the war in Afghanistan in 10 days, but that the country would be wiped out. Mr. Trump suggested in a seemingly insignificant statement Monday that he could order such a military intervention instead of a peaceful solution to the 18-year war that began with the US-led US invasion of the Taliban.
Mr. Trump made the remark on Monday during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose help he seeks inthat would allow the US armed forces to withdraw from Afghanistan.
Mr. Trump said he could win the Afghanistan war in just 1
"I could win this war in a week, I just do not want to kill 10 million people," Trump said. "Afghanistan would be wiped off the ground," said Trump. "It would literally be over in 10 days, and I do not want to go that way, so we work with Pakistan and others to free ourselves."
The President made no further statement on Monday of his remarks or reference to the hypothetical death of 10 million people. Afghanistan is home to more than 35 million people.
President Ashraf Ghani's office made a statement on Tuesday requesting clarifications on Mr. Trump's remarks and saying Afghanistan would never "be a foreign power The Declaration also underlined that "cooperation and partnership with the countries of the world, especially the United States, is based on common interests and mutual respect."
Trump's strange remark came when his supreme ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, confirmed that he would return to the region to press ahead with the negotiations on a peace agreement with the Taliban.
One of the US's key points During the negotiations, the Islamist extremist group urged that it engage in direct dialogue with the Afghan government. The Taliban have so far refused to negotiate directly with the government of President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and dismissed it as a puppet regime in the US.
Khalilzad said in a tweet on Tuesday shortly before his arrival in Kabul that Mr. Trump's remarks were meant to emphasize the government's belief that "there is no sound military solution to the war in Afghanistan and peace through a political agreement ".