Washington: Identifying Afghanistan and western Pakistan as one of the most dangerous parts of the world, special US envoy for Af-Pak has said that the region poses a great threat to not only the United States, but also India and Western Europe.
“Western areas of Pakistan remain a clear and present danger to everyone not only in the United States, but in Western Europe, in Pakistan itself, in India, and elsewhere throughout the region,” special US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke told the CNN in an interview.
Asserting that Obama Administration’s commitment to Afghanistan remains undiminished, Holbrooke said, “We remain committed to the core objectives of defeating and dismantling al-Qaeda, of helping strengthen civilian democratic rule in Pakistan, of strengthening the Afghan people’s government and its security forces.”
Holbrooke, who has not visited Afghanistan since the 20th August presidential elections, said he will attend the inauguration of Hamid Karzai’s presidency for the second term.
Terming the recently concluded Pakistan trip of the secretary of state Hillary Clinton as incredible, he said, “this was a very important trip in which we committed ourselves to much greater support of Pakistan’s democratic institutions and the economy in Pakistan, with particular attention to energy.”