The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday said that Afghanistan’s stability is dependent to its economic prosperity.
Speaking in Singapore ahead of an Asia-Pacific summit in Cambodia to be attended by President Barack Obama, Clinton said Washington is “focused on shoring up Afghanistan’s economic future, because we know that, without that, stability and security will certainly be elusive.”
“Forging stronger economic ties across this region is a key element in our long-term strategy for Afghanistan. If you look at the map, you see why Afghanistan has been fought over and part of the great game for so many generations because of its very strategic position right in the middle of this trading route.”
She also said that the US foreign policy is being reoriented to promote American economic interests after Washington was tied down by two wars in the past decade, she said.
“We are shaping our foreign policy to account for both the economics of power and the power of economics,” she said.
In her speech in Singapore Management University, she also said that the New Silk Road link reaching from the steps of Central Asia to the southern tip of India.
“The same goes for another regional vision we call the New Silk Road, a web of trade and transportation links reaching from the steps of Central Asia to the southern tip of India. Forging stronger economic ties across this region is a key element in our long-term strategy for Afghanistan,” she said.
She said that the US and Nato move forward with the security transition to local troops by the end of 2014.