Afghanistan needs 'political solution'
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Khawaja Asif: Afghanistan needs 'political solution'

Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif says the US troop "surge" in Afghanistan "will not make any difference" and that a political solution should be sought.

"They are talking of a surge by 4,000, or 5,000, or 6,000, whatever. That will not make any difference. We propose that there should be a political approach and a political solution to this problem, not a military solution," Mr Asif told Hardtalk.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis recently announced that 3,000 troops would be sent to Afghanistan as the Taliban gain ground and security deteriorates.

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You can see the interview on Hardtalk on Wednesday 27 September on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and BBCiPlayer (UK only).

  • 27 Sep 2017