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Military pressure will push militants to table of talks: Abdullah

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said suppression of militants through military means was a good strategy for the government to push them to the negotiation table.

Addressing a cabinet meeting on Monday, he said: “Mounting military pressure on all militant groups helps us in peace negotiations. We hope these groups would come to the negotiation table.”

He said durable peace and stability in the country remained a primary demand of Afghan people. “We hope we would achieve the goal,” he said, adding NATO has pledged its support for the four-year security plan of the government.

During their recent visit to Kabul, the NATO Sepcretary General and US Defense Secretary discussed the fight against Islamic State (IS), which is also known as Daesh terrorist group, he said.

Commenting into his official trip to India, Abdullah said the visit was meant to further strengthen economic and commercial ties with India. During the visit he was accompanied by more than 200 traders and investors, who discussed Afghan carpet exports through India.

“During our visit to New Delhi and meetings with India traders, Afghan and Indian businessmen also struck deals worth of $250 million,” the chief executive said.

Abdullah added an agreement on technical cooperation with Afghan police was also signed during his meeting with the India’s President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

The terms and conditions of the agreement would be operational in the near future, he concluded.

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