"President Trumps' new strategy includes the disruption and denial of sanctuary to terrorists whose motives know no boundaries", Ghani said.
At the same time, Ghani said, Obama's decision to maintain some US forces in Afghanistan "ensured our survival" despite advances by Taliban insurgents. He claimed that in the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia we have an opportunity for a dialogue with our neighbours on how we can work together earnestly to eliminate terrorism and contain extremism.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi meeting with the US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in NY expressed concerns over Trump advocating for a greater role of India in the new Afghanistan policy. Problem began with Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Pakistan has been paying the price in terms of bomb blasts, suicide attacks, acts of sabotage and hosting world's largest number of refugees despite apathy of the worldwide community towards refugee issue.
US President Donald Trump (L) greets military leaders before his speech on Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia on August 21, 2017.
"The message to Pakistan to engage and become a responsible stakeholder in the region and in the fight against terrorism has never been clearer", Ghani said.
In addition, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which is mainly active in Syria and Iraq, has recently managed to take recruits from Afghan Taliban defectors.
The US President on his Twitter handle shared a video of his meeting with Ghani, saying, "It was a pleasure to have President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan with us this morning!" You had 20 groups, more than any place else.
Ghani said Afghan forces are getting better, having gained more experience by assuming a bigger role in the fighting after the massive cuts in US forces under Obama.
"Prime Minister [Abbasi] shared Pakistan's concerns and views with regard to the U.S. strategy for South Asia", it said. "It's really a hornet's nest from that standpoint". Pakistan has also threatened that the U.S. move would drive it closer to China, and decrease United States leverage.
Successive US governments have criticized Pakistan for links with the Taliban militants and for harboring slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.