Victory within sight: Afghan President Ghani at meeting with Trump

Victory within sight: Afghan President Ghani at meeting with Trump

"The screws are tightening now, Trump did not meet (Pakistan PM) Abbasi yesterday at the UN.there's a message in that", said one of the sources to ANI, who also requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the information.

After Trump's threatening speech, the South Korean president struck a different tone, saying the crisis "needs to be managed stably so that tensions will not become overly intensified or accidental military clashes will not destroy peace".

The president said now was the time to expose the countries that supported and financed terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Taliban. "We are training and we're working with them very closely but it's the Afghans that are doing the fighting", he said.

Meanwhile, the United States and Pakistan are expected to sort out their differences during the meetings between their leaders on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session starting tomorrow.

Pakistan has raised an objection with the United States over President Donald Trump's preference for a greater role for Indian in war-torn Afghanistan.

"President Trump's new strategy includes the disruption and denial of sanctuary to terrorists whose motives know no boundaries", the Afghan president added.

"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond", Trump said in a major speech outlining U.S. policy on Afghanistan on August 22.

"I hope that this time, Pakistanis get the message loud and clear that business as usual can not continue. We really have no choice but to do it", Trump said in his first meeting with the Afghan leader, after he announced his new Afghanistan and South Asia strategy last month. Rather, he said, "Today the cross-border incursions, if they happen, are from Afghanistan into Pakistan to attack our forces".

Trump would make the announcement about economic penalties on Friday during a meeting NY with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, United States officials said.

Ghani for his part called on "all ranks of the Taliban" to engage in dialogue with the Afghan government. We respect Afghan sovereignty, they should respect our sovereignty.

"I am not seeking a blank cheque of unlimited American help", Ghani said. Trump in the same speech lauded India's role in Afghanistan and hoped for an increase of Indian support to rebuilding and securing the war ravaged nation. India will have a more hard role to play with Russian Federation which has intervened in Afghanistan - on the side of the Taliban, and therefore Pakistan.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yes. We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea. Yes.