Neighboring countries must not give shelter to terrorists: Ashraf Ghani

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday called on neighboring countries not to give shelter to insurgents.

"Every neighboring country should respect our sovereignty and must not give safe havens to terrorists," Ghani said while addressing a press conference here about his Warsaw trip.

This comes after Ghani said at the NATO Summit on Saturday that except for Pakistan, Kabul has the cooperation of every regional country in its efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan.

"Insurgency does not know any religion. Interference in Afghan security and giving shelter to insurgents will be hated by Afghans and those who are giving shelter to insurgents have been sidelined and they must pay the price for this."

Talking on his recent stance against Pakistan, Ghani said: "We don't want peace from Pakistan. We are asking for the expulsion of those who are fighting against us."

Ghani said that the Afghan nation wants a durable peace in the country and that Afghans have showed their intent for peace at the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meetings.

Ghani reiterated that the war is imposed on Afghans and that the Afghan nation does not want war.

Ghani said that Afghanistan will have NATO support through 2020 and there would be no change in number of security forces.

He added that 11,000 foreign troops will operate here in Afghanistan and that it would have positive impact on the country's economy.

On Saturday, NATO formally extended their support for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), days after U.S President Barack Obama decided to keep thousands of American troops in Afghanistan.

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