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Afghan, Pakistani Envoys Clash At UN

Afghanistan's UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin (file photo)
Afghanistan's UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin (file photo)

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Afghan and Pakistani envoys have clashed at the United Nations Security Council over the presence of Islamist "terrorists" in their shared border region.

"Terrorist sanctuaries continue to exist on Pakistan's soil and some elements continue to use terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy," Afghanistan's UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin told the Security Council on June 20.

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Pakistan's UN Ambassador Masood Khan rejected the Afghan statement, saying that "terrorists operate on both sides" of the border and many extremist attacks in Pakistan were planned in Afghanistan.

The exchange came after Pakistan said it had played a role in persuading the Afghan Taliban to hold peace talks with the United States.

But this move has angered Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has denounced the Taliban’s opening of a new office in Qatar.

Based on reports from Reuters and AP

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