U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday his mediation not only helped establish the National Unity Government (NUG) in Afghanistan during the post-election crisis but also possibly helped avert a civil war.
Speaking at his final press conference as Secretary of State on Thursday he said Afghanistan continues to face challenges today even as the unity government in the war-torn country has kept alive the chances of future progress.
“We played a pivotal role in forging a national unity government in Afghanistan that, while still facing challenges, has kept alive the chance for future progress.”
“We all know how difficult that could have been when an election had serious problems, and the country was poised to perhaps see the government fall apart and maybe even enter into civil war and yet we helped broker and pull together the parties into a unity government that still today is managing to move forward in Afghanistan,” Kerry said.
Although it is not known what foreign policy the incoming administration will follow regarding Afghanistan, the Department of Defense has said it will continue it support to the Afghan government.
“Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place, challenges remain ... we will continue to provide the kind of support we can to bolster the Afghan security forces, ” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.
On whether the U.S mission against terrorism has been successful, MP Ramazan Jumazada said: “Doubtless that the U.S has played a vital role in establishing the NUG and it is an achievement for America. But in general, the U.S mission in Afghanistan was not successful.”
“Taliban is now stronger than before and Daesh has also expanded its activity in the country. I think that the U.S should fight against terrorists more seriously,” said Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, another MP.