KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghans on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's harsh words for Pakistan in a speech outlining his strategy for the war-torn country that critics said offered little in the way of details and ruled out nation-building.
Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's second most powerful official behind the president, said in a news conference that the U.S. strategy marks a unique opportunity to ultimately achieve peaceful objectives in the region.
"The regional aspect of this strategy is very clear," he said. "It shows that the problem was very well identified."
Meanwhile, Trump said U.S. troops had a single-point agenda and that was to eliminate extremist fighters.
"We are not nation-building again," he said Monday night. "We are killing terrorists."
Trump accused Pakistan of giving extremists a safe haven, while next door in Afghanistan they kill U.S. troops. He said he wanted "immediate" results without saying what actions the United States might take against Pakistan if it ignored his warning.
But analysts in Pakistan warned that isolating Islamabad as the only culprit could increase the influence of regional players like Russia, China and even Iran.