The U.S. President Donald Trump has said certain regional countries including India and Russia will have to fight the terrorists at certain point amid U.S. fight against the terrorists in Afghanistan.
In his interaction with the reporters in White House on Wednesday, Trump said “At a certain point, Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, they are going to have to fight their battles too.”
Trump further added “At a certain point, all of these other countries, where [IS] is around…are going to have to fight them. Because do we want to stay there another 19 years? I don’t think so.”
Singling out India and Pakistan as front line countries which are doing little to fight the militant groups, Trump said “Look, India’s right there, they are not fighting it, we’re fighting it. Pakistan is next door. They’re fighting it, very little…. It’s not fair. The United States is 7,000 miles away.”
This comes as the United States is negotiating a peace deal with Taliban to end the ongoing conflict in the country.
Meanwhile, the growing activities by ISIS militants in certain parts of Afghanistan have created concerns among the officials although the Afghan and U.S. forces regularly conduct raids against the terror group.
The group conducted a series of deadly attacks in key parts of Afghanistan including Kabul during the recent months, including a deadly bombing in a wedding hall last week which left at least 80 people dead.