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Afghan government seeks clarification of Trump's remarks on 'wiping out Afghanistan'

Afghan government seeks clarification of Trump's remarks on 'wiping out Afghanistan'
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo -
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KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s government called on Tuesday for clarification of U.S. President Donald Trump’s remarks that he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by “wiping out Afghanistan from the face of the earth”, the presidential palace in Kabul said.

Trump’s remarks followed a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on Monday. He voiced optimism that Pakistan could help broker a political settlement to end the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan.

“The Afghan nation has not and will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate,” Afghanistan’s presidential palace said in a statement.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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