• publish: 25 October 2017
  • time: 3:33 pm
  • category: Economy
  • No: 5011
Ashraf Ghani:

Afghanistan won’t join CPEC unless access given to Pakistani borders

President Ashraf Ghani has said that Afghanistan will not be a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) unless it is given access to Pakistan’s Wagah and Attari border.

Addressing a gathering at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi, Ghani said that Kabul will restrict Pakistan’s access to central Asia if it is not given access to India through the CPEC project, according to the DNA article.

The comment comes a week after a meeting took place between representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States in Oman, in which the revival of peace talks with the Taliban was discussed.

“Sanctuaries are provided, logistics are provided, training is provided, ideological base is provided […] Pakistan has come to a juncture and it needs to make a choice,” said Ghani adding that “Our reaction will be determined by its [Pakistan’s] choices.”

The Afghan president also welcomed India’s new role in Afghanistan as discussed in the new US policy for the region.

Ghani termed the Trump administration’s South Asia strategy a “game-changer” for the region as it “recommends a multi-dimensional condition-based approach for the region.”

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