Trump on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan and signalled he would send more troops there.

He insisted that the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies step up their commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict.

He hit out at Pakistan, which he said was offering safe haven to “agents of chaos, violence and terror”.

Allies of the US have welcomed the strategy, pledging military and financial support to Afghanistan, while others remained sceptical. 

Here’s a round-up of reactions from leaders around the world.


A Pakistani army spokesman dismissed Trump’s remarks, saying Pakistan had taken action against armed groups on its soil.

“There are no terrorist hideouts in Pakistan,” spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif met US ambassador David Hale and reiterated the country’s “desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan”, a statement by the foreign ministry said.

He “underlined Pakistan’s continued desire to work with the International Community to eliminate the menace of terrorism,” the statement said.


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India has welcomed Trump’s demand that Pakistan stops offering safe havens to armed groups and reaffirmed its policy of extending reconstruction aid to Afghanistan.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that it welcomed Trump’s “determination to enhance efforts to overcome the challenges faced by Afghanistan and in confronting issues of safe havens and other forms of cross-border support enjoyed by terrorists”.