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Afghan decision may increase US air power

They also said that isolating Pakistan could unsettle the USA relationship with Islamabad and push it closer to Russia, China and Iran, further complicating efforts to stabilize the region.

Islamabad's response followed an hours-long meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army chiefs, all members of the National Security Committee - Pakistan's top forum on issues relating to the country's defense and security.

President Trump has made American policy towards South Asia unambiguous. Rawalpindi will protest loudly at USA policies.

"On the President's speech... what we want to stress is our hope that the worldwide community will help come together and help Afghanistan find a political solution that will bring peace to the country", United Nations chief's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. "This was a very shallow statement". And Tillerson added that, "the only way we can defeat an enemy that is as nimble and as cagey, tactically, as this enemy is, we have to be as cagey and tactical as they are".

"The foreign secretary also assured that Pakistan will remain committed to the CPEC as well promoting new advancements in our bilateral relations", she added.

Tillerson, meanwhile, said the USA would not indefinitely hide how many troops it will be sending to Afghanistan.

"In the past, it's always been time based on when we were going to get out, or based on the number of troops or based on all kinds of things". It has called for more troops in Afghanistan and has invited India as a stakeholder in the Afghanistan peace process.

"They should not make Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures in Afghanistan", Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said in an interview to Geo TV late Tuesday, Reuters reported. They are a nuclear power.

US officials later warned that aid to Pakistan might be cut and Washington might downgrade nuclear-armed Pakistan's status as a major non-NATO ally to pressure it to do more to help bring about an end to America's longest-running war.

"The warning issued by Trump to Pakistan will have no bearings on Kashmir", editor of the defence magazine FORCE, Pravin Sawhney, told Kashmir Reader.

"The US has been really patient with Pakistan for a really long time". As Zalmay Khalilzad has indicated, Pakistan will "test" the President's mettle and attempt to show that Pakistan holds all the cards.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has scheduled trip to the United States in the coming week to discuss the matter with the United States administration.

"We are there to facilitate and ensure that there is a pathway for reconciliation and peace talks", Tillerson said. It was totally neglected and there was no leadership. The Indian side is closely following China's road-building recently but India's actions themselves have proven that the Indian side says something and does another. The war for some time has been described by numerous analysts as a stalemate with the Taliban continuing to grow stronger while rampant corruption continues to plague the Afghan government, hampering US military initiatives.

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