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Afghan diplomat addresses US intelligence officers
by Lalit K. Jha

Pajhwok Afghan News


An Afghan diplomat delivered a lecture to US intelligence officials on the security and rebuilding of Afghanistan.

Sources at the Afghan embassy in Washington, told Pajhwok Afghan News the embassy's first secretary Ashraf Haidari was invited by Denis Clift, president of the National Defence Intelligence College of the Department of Defence, to address the intelligence officials.

Haidari delivered speech on "Afghanistan: Security and Reconstruction, Challenges and Opportunities" before an audience of some 200 top US intelligence officials, the embassy sources said.

In his speech, Haidari made it clear that the stability in Afghanistan squarely depended on taking broader strategic approach to resolve the region's long-standing problems, particularly those between India and Pakistan.

Haidari observed: "We would be only swimming against the current, if Pakistan's army did not do its sincere share of fighting extremism and Islamism in greater NWFP and Balochistan region where the Taliban command and control are based, and from where they launch terrorist attacks across the border into Afghanistan."

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