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Trump Aims to Ensure National Security Via Conditions-Based Strategy for South Asia

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President Donald Trump has unveiled his administration’s new strategy for South Asia that seeks to advance use of military power, diplomacy, economic capability and intelligence to ensure U.S. security and safety of the country’s allies, DoD News reported Monday.

Trump told service personnel at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia Monday the conditions-based strategy covers South Asian countries that include Afghanistan, India and Pakistan as well as nations in Central and Southeast Asia.

The president said the strategy is based on three precepts and those include a “plan for victory” for U.S. troops; opposition to a hasty exit from Afghanistan; and the need to address threats that emanate from the South Asian region.

Trump noted that the U.S. will collaborate with allies to prevent the re-emergence of “safe havens” for terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the use of nuclear weapons against the U.S. and partner nations.

The strategy will also steer away from nation-building policy and will not be based on a timetable, he added.

“We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities,” Trump said.

“Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on.”

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