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US: Pakistan not a failed state

US: Pakistan not a failed state

Pakistan is not a failed state but its government is facing enormous challenges and needs U.S. help to counter Taliban advances, the Obama administration's special envoy for the region said Tuesday.
Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told a congressional committee that Pakistan's survival as a moderate, democratic state is critical to U.S. national security.
"Our most vital national security interests are at stake," he told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Holbrooke was testifying ahead of meetings this week between President Barack Obama and the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan during which the administration is expected to press the Pakistanis on combatting extremists.
U.S. officials regard Pakistan's role as key to the success in escalating usU.S. military operations in Afghanistan.
"We need to put the most heavy possible pressure on our friends in Pakistan to join us in the fight against the Taliban and its allies," Holbrooke said. "We cannot succeed in Afghanistan without Pakistan's support and involvement."


Updated : 2021-05-10 04:47 GMT+08:00