It is time for a lasting peaceful solution in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boarding his plane after visiting Kabul. Jacquelyn Martin / AP
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boarding his plane after visiting Kabul. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

I refer to Faisal Al Yafai’s thoughtful opinion piece Taliban talks must provide more than a route to an abrupt US withdrawal from Afghanistan (June 26). With the US, Russia and other important nations taking so much interest in resolving the complex issues in Afghanistan, the world must bring about a fruitful end to the decades-old conflict that has killed thousands of people and devastated the already fragile nation as a whole.

As far as ordinary citizens, especially young people, are concerned, they need their lives back with peace and dignity to allow them to work and live. Let’s hope the talks with the Taliban continue and produce an immediate end to the crisis. For the Trump administration, it is also critical to bring US troops back home without much damage – physically or economically.

Despite the fact that US troops have been on Afghan soil for two decades, their presence never brought about a lasting solution to the core issues. The growing insecurity facing the Afghan people is a serious concern, not only for the government of Afghanistan, but also for its neighbouring countries and other developed nations and organisations such as the United Nations. The longer this issue rolls on, the more death and destruction will occur, so it remains a priority for the whole world.

Ramachandran Nair, Muscat

The Abu Dhabi-Dubai train is another milestone for the UAE

I write in reference to your article Etihad rail approves Dubai-Abu Dhabi train contracts (June 25). The National’s piece on the proposed Abu Dhabi to Dubai high-speed rail link is excellent news, not just for the people of the Emirates but also possibly in the future for tourists who would like to visit both major cities. While initial plans are for freight purposes, who knows what this might lead to? This project is another milestone in the UAE’s history and trajectory. It will stand the UAE in excellent stead moving forward.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

The UAE is a peaceful nation that does not want war

I write in reference to your online article UAE committed to de-escalating tensions and securing energy supply, Adnoc CEO says (June 26). It is wise to call for de-escalation but those responsible for the attack on tankers must be rooted out. The UAE is, and has always been, a peaceful nation enjoying cordial relations with most of its neighbours. This practice of attacking tankers must stop as it is helping no one.

Nazim Hasan Khan, India

Yemen’s ancient treasures simply must be protected

I write in reference to your article Yemen’s struggle to protect its ancient treasures from looters (June 24). This is really sad. Ancient treasures need to be protected as they constitute Yemen’s national heritage.

Name withheld by request

The problem of diabetes begins in childhood

I write in reference to your article Number of people with diabetes in Middle East to double within 30 years (June 23). A lack of exercise and consumption of unhealthy food is the cause of this worrying rise. The problem starts in childhood, with children eating unhealthy and processed foods. Fast food is far too accessible and cheap for young people today.

Saifur Rahman, UK

Updated: June 26, 2019 08:00 PM


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