“There’s a shared interest there, and that’s what we’re focused on,” US State Department spokesman John Kirby told a regular briefing. “We understand that that effort also has not always gone smoothly, and we continue to urge those two governments to work together” to eliminate the safe haven along the border region.
Responding to a question about the Durand Line issue, the spokesman refused to reply, saying he did not have anything to add to what already has been said on the issue. The US recognizes Durand Line as a permanent border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He said both Pakistan and Afghanistan know about the threats posed by these terrorist groups which are using the border region as a safe haven.
“We understand that the governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan know this themselves and have made efforts in the past to work together to try to address that threat.”