Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on the incoming Trump-led U.S. administration to "consult deeply" with regional countries on Afghanistan.
Karzai made the remarks during an interview with the local media in India where he attended a three-day Raisana Dialogue, a conference on geopolitics which is hosted by India annually.
Asked by NewsX about his expectations from Trump administration, Karzai replied “plenty.”
“My advice to him would be to go back and do an in-depth analysis of what is going on in Afghanistan. The good things, the difficulties and the solution that we must seek,” he said.
He went on saying that the new U.S. president must consult deeply with the regional countries, especially those who have concerns about the rise of Islamic State in the country.
“It’s time for the U.S. and for the Indian government to think deeper and go back to the drawing board,” he said.
In his comments about Pakistan, Karzai said that Pakistan continued to use extremism as a tool.
“Expectation of the U.S. government has clearly failed and therefore we should reconsider our approach,” he said. “You cannot be allies and yet walk in two different directions… one seeking an end to extremism and the other promoting extremism.”
Karzai called on Trump to focus more on reconstruction and improvement of the economy than military action in the action.
“They should start looking at Afghanistan as a place where they can invest and earn from,” he said.
The former Afghan president urged Trump to stop U.S. aid to Pakistan to make sure it doesn’t see extremism anymore as a tool.
Trump will replace Barack Obama on Friday, ten weeks after stunning the world by the winning the U.S. election.
Trump has favoured keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but has also said that: “We’re getting out of the nation-building business.”