Addressing Russia's concerns over Islamic States (IS) presence in Afghanistan, and the country's role in the region as a powerful nation, Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the United States is got to explain its actions in situation of Afghanistan and the region.
Speaking at The Hindu’s first “The Huddle” conclave in Bengaluru of India on Friday, Karzai said: "It was in 2012 and 2013 that the Russians begin to see when Daesh[IS] emerged, and they suspected that someone is backing them mainly the United States."
"Now Russia is fearful, in that fear of massive power in our region if not addressed we will have extremely serious consequences for the whole region,"
"That is why for the past two years I have been engaged with Unity Government leaders to make sure the traditional friend Russia is friendly and to make sure that the United States is got to explain its actions in situation of Afghanistan and the region. It is for the cooperative region and the region that has not step over in conflict between big powers, " Karzai said.
Calling for a revision in the U.S.’s Pakistan policy, Karzai said Washington must persuade Pakistan to end its “policy of safe havens to terrorist groups”. “I love the people of Pakistan, but its military supports terrorists & extremists across the border from us. The U.S. must stop this,” he said. He believed “Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif wants peace with India.”
The ex-Afghan President's comment comes a day after the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said at a Senate committee meeting in Washington, that he needs more international troops in Afghanistan.