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The Meaning of Operation Olive Branch

The Meaning of Operation Olive Branch

The gloomy portrait of the Middle East today should not obscure that peace is achievable. The basic premise for any such peace must be to preserve the territorial integrity of states. This means countering all forces that exist only to pursue their dystopias at the expense of others and with the help of outsiders, including Daesh and PKK/YPG terrorists. Their vision of endless bloodshed must be countered and defeated.The Middle East must be kept safe from the threat of sectarianism, spheres of influence, resurgent imperialisms, royal family feuds, and extremism of all sorts, religious and otherwise. The states and peoples of the region — and those affected by it — have suffered enough. A road map toward such a successful future may already be emerging, with Turkey’s resolute leadership. I hope the United States chooses to seize the moment and support that vision of peace.

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Afghan peace process: China in lead role

To end the Afghan impasse, America is encouraging Pakistan and China to support President Ghani's reconciliation efforts.This is a good approach because China, due to its credibility amongst all stake-holders is better placed to lead the process and act as guarantor for the implementation of the agreement .Realizing the importance of Pakistan in intra Afghan reconciliation, Dr Abdullah has asked India not to overreact about improvement in bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.The next few days are very crucial. All sides are aware of the fact that the breakthrough has to be achieved before the Taliban’s spring offensive. To cater for all possibilities about the outcome of talks, White House has decided to extend the stay of about 5500 troops out of core 9,800 combatants in Afghanistan beyond 2015; formal announcement would come in due course.

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