Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Trump Admin Reviews US Policy on Afghanistan: WH

Trump Admin Reviews US  Policy on Afghanistan: WH

WASHINGTON -  The Trump Administration is currently conducting a comprehensive review of its policy on Afghanistan, the White House said Thursday without indicating a time line for this.
“I think we are in the middle of a comprehensive review on our policy in Afghanistan,” the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily news conference when asked about the President’s assessment of the current situation in Afghanistan.
Spicer said the Trump Administration was working with its Afghan partners and the Department of Defense and our key military leaders to “create an approach to address Afghanistan to defeat ISIS.”
The State Department Acting Spokesman Mark Toner said that the US mission currently in Afghanistan is, along with its NATO partners, is how to provide training, advice, assistance to the Afghan security forces, or assistance as well supports a broad range of Afghan civilian and security institutions, essentially, with the goal of how they develop, or are trying to develop, rather, the capacity to prevent these kind of ongoing attacks, and how they can build up the Afghan forces' capabilities to respond effectively to them when necessary, and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“With respect to how we look at that policy going forward, I mean, I think we're looking, at a broad review of current policies. But let me just stress that our commitment to Afghanistan remains rock solid,” Toner said in response to a question.
“I know the secretary has spoken to both the President Ghani and, as well as CEO Abdullah in recent weeks, and days, in fact. He emphasized in those conversations his continued support for the National Unity Government of Afghanistan. And of course, we continue to work with our Afghan partners across a broad spectrum of issues that include security force development, counterterrorism cooperation, as well as economic development,” he said.(Pajhwok)