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UN chief ready to assist Pakistan if help sought to dismantle terror sanctuaries

Donald Trump has slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned of consequences if it clamp down on extremism.

world Updated: Aug 23, 2017 15:27 IST
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UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, left, fields questions for UN Secretary-General António Guterres (right) during a press conference on June 20 at UN headquarters.(AP File Photo)

The UN Secretary-General is ready to engage with Pakistan to help it dismantle terror sanctuaries if sought, his chief spokesperson has said after US President Donald Trump warned Islamabad for providing safe havens for terrorists.

“As a matter of principle, secretary-general’s good offices are always available to any two parties who, who ask. But that is just a statement of principle,” UN chief’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

Commenting on Trump’s speech, Dujarric said the hope of secretary general is that the international community “will help come together and help Afghanistan find a political solution that will bring peace to the country.

“And that’s also obviously through the support and efforts of the UN, of the UN Mission there,” he said.

Dujarric added that UN’s focus is on “finding a political solution to the current crisis in Afghanistan” and help the Afghan people who have suffered so much for decades.

Trump had slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continued to do so.

First Published: Aug 23, 2017 15:24 IST