MUNICH: US Vice President Joe Biden has said that US is seeking to set ‘clear and achievable’ goals for Afghanistan in a comprehensive strategy for which both Washington and its allies must take responsibility.
Speaking to a security conference here on Saturday, he said that this strategy should bring together US civilian and military resources in order to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for Islamist militants and help Afghans develop the capacity to secure their own future. He said also that no strategy for Afghanistan can succeed without Pakistan.
“We must all strengthen our cooperation with the people and government of Pakistan, help them stabilize the Tribal Areas and promote economic development and opportunity throughout the country.”
On Iran a “new tone” in foreign policy under Barack Obama
Joe Biden said Washington was prepared to offer the Islamic republic incentives to stop uranium enrichment but stressed it faced isolation if it did not comply.
“We will be willing to talk to Iran, and to offer a very clear choice: continue down the current course and there will be continued pressure and isolation; abandon the illicit nuclear programme and your support for terrorism and there will be meaningful incentives,”
He said that the new US administration is “reviewing” Iran policy. He said that the Iranian people are a great people, and Persian civilization is a great civilization, but Iran has acted in ways that are not conducive to peace in the region or to the prosperity of its own people; its illicit nuclear programme is but one of those manifestations.-SANA