Monday, 9 December 2019

India, other countries must fight terrorists in Afghanistan: Trump

AFP

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump said that India, Iran, Russia and Turkey would have to fight against terrorists in Afghanistan at some point of time.

“India is right there, they are not fighting it, we are fighting it,” said Mr. Trump. “Pakistan is right next door. They are fighting it, very little, very, very little.” “Not fair,” he added. The U.S. President was addressing mediapersons at the White House.

“At a certain point Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, they are going to have to fight their battles too,” he continued. “We wiped out the caliphate 100 per cent. I did it in record time. But at a certain point, all of these other countries, where ISIS is around … are going to have to fight them. Because do we want to stay there another 19 years? I don’t think so.”

He also warned Europeans to take back nationals captured fighting for the Islamic State, or he will release them back to their countries. Trump assailed France and Germany for not repatriating citizens who had fought with Islamic state and are now being held in camps in Syria.

“We’re holding thousands of ISIS fighters right now. And Europe has to take them,” he said. “If Europe doesn’t take them, I’ll have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came. Which is Germany and France and other places.”

“We captured them, we’ve got thousands of them, and now as usual our allies don’t want ’em,” he said. “The United States is not going to put them in Guantanamo for the next 50 years and pay for it.”

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