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Kabul seeks clarification on Trump talk of ‘wiping out Afghanistan’

KABUL: Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by US President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan but did not want to kill 10 million people.
The remarks drew a stiff response from Afghanistan’s presidential palace, which has been excluded from talks between the United States and the Taliban and which accuses Pakistan of supporting the insurgency.
“The Afghan nation has not and will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate,” the presidential palace said. “While the Afghan government supports the US efforts for ensuring peace in Afghanistan, the government underscores that foreign heads of state cannot determine Afghanistan’s fate in absence of the Afghan leadership,” it said in a statement.
It called for clarification of Trump’s statement. (REUTERS)

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