ISIS penetration in Afghanistan unlike other parts of world: Abdullah Abdullah

New Delhi: The Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, has claimed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a new phenomenon but added that the terror group does not have penetration in his country like in other parts of the world.

“ISIS was a new phenomenon but in Afghanistan they don’t have a penetration like in other parts of the world,” Abdullah said.

“If Taliban agrees to give up violence and fight politically, it is at that stage that we can go forward, but so far no hint,” he added.

Asserting that talks and terrorism cannot go hand in hand, Abdullah said many Taliban leaders reside in Pakistan.

Abdullah, who is on a five-day visit to New Delhi, earlier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and recalled positively the latter’s maiden and successful visit to Afghanistan in December 2015.

The two leaders shared views on further deepening the strategic partnership, both in the bilateral and regional context. (ANI)