US urges Pakistan to reconsider Bonn talks boycott

By AFP
Published: November 30, 2011
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Mark Toner said it is in Pakistan's best interest to attend the conference in Bonn. PHOTO: FILE

Mark Toner said it is in Pakistan's best interest to attend the conference in Bonn. PHOTO: FILE

WASHINGTON: The United States urged Pakistan on Tuesday to reconsider its decision to boycott a conference on Afghanistan in Germany next week, saying it plays a key role in the future of its war-torn central Asian neighbour.

Pakistan decided earlier Tuesday to boycott the December 5 Bonn conference as it widened its protest over lethal cross-border Nato strikes on Saturday that have exacerbated a deep crisis in US ties.

“It’s important to note that this conference is about Afghanistan, about its future, about building a safer, more prosperous Afghanistan within the region,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

“It’s very much in Pakistan’s interest to attend this conference,” Toner said.

Toner, who declined to be drawn on whether the United States regretted the decision in Islamabad, said Pakistan had not informed Washington directly of its decision because Germany is the host of the conference.

But he repeated that “it’s in their interests, so we think it’s important that they be there.”

He added: “Pakistan has a crucial role to play in supporting a secure and stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

“It’s absolutely critical that Afghanistan’s neighbors play a role in its future development,” Toner said. “Its relationship with Pakistan has been critical in that regard.”

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Reader Comments (5)

  • saleem ullah
    Nov 30, 2011 - 10:48AM

    It is very difficult to say, yes.. for Bonn conference at the moment.Anyhow at the same time we pakistani must not isolate ourselves from world,s top venues to express our stance, on the affairs which matters us.

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  • Tammy
    Nov 30, 2011 - 10:49AM

    When the shoe is on the other foot she talks about diplomacy and co-op. Let put the boot up her hiney and send some US troops back in boxes and see how she and her country feels about it! USA is a cowboy nation, its downfall will be economic.

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  • Ghaznavi
    Nov 30, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Pls ask India to attend instead, after all they are Afghans best friends. Also, Pakistan is ready to repatriate 5 Million afghan refugees to India.

    Let America fight its own wars without Pakistan’s help.

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  • Aamir
    Nov 30, 2011 - 12:32PM

    This seems a deliberate attempt by NATO to keep Pakistan out of this conference.

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  • Aadersh
    Nov 30, 2011 - 7:45PM

    Do it without ourselves now…If u can..

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