Trump adviser visits Pakistan after massive airstrike

Trump adviser visits Pakistan after massive airstrike

Trump adviser visits Pakistan after massive airstrike

US President Donald Trump's national security adviser met with top Afghan officials in Kabul Sunday, amid questions about what military role the new US administration plans to play in the embattled south Asian country.

According to sources, the USA national security advisor in the first visit by any senior official of the Trump administration to Pakistan will hold important meetings with the civil and military leadership of Pakistan.

"McMaster conveyed the greetings of President Trump and assured the prime minister that the American administration is committed to strengthening bilateral relations and working with Pakistan", according to a statement issued here by the PM Office after the meeting at the PM House. They also discussed regional issues and economic development, Afghan officials said. Please support our efforts.

"As a result of joint Afghan and global forces efforts, no safe havens will be left for terrorists in Afghanistan", McMaster was quoted as saying in a readout that gave few clues to the Trump administration s future course of action in the country.

"And so really what we do from this point on is going to depend on the decision that the president makes, and he's asked our team to integrate the efforts of the various departments", he said.

The Kabul visit comes after the US military on April 13 dropped the most powerful nonnuclear weapon ever used in combat on a suspected command center of Islamic State (IS) militants in eastern Nangarhar Province, killing at least 94 people.

Interviewed from Afghanistan, McMaster said the United States had a more reliable Afghan partner than before but at the same time had reduced the degree and scope of its effort in that country.

Hamid Karzai, the former Afghan president, told Al Jazeera the bombing was an "inhuman act, a brutal act against an innocent country".

Atmar further added that Gen. McMaster has said USA was fully committed to expand its military support to Afghanistan.

Ghani says in the statement that terrorism is a serious threat to security and stability in the region and the world and if that is not defeated, it could affect the lives of future generations.

McMaster arrived in Pakistan for an unannounced visit after travelling to Afghanistan, where he told the media that that Pakistan should target militant groups "less selectively" and pursue diplomacy that does not use "proxies that engage in violence". Afghan forces have struggled to contain Taliban insurgents since most worldwide troops were withdrawn in 2014, leaving them to fight largely alone.

At the peak in 2011, the United States had more than 100,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan.

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