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Hamdullah Mohib (left), Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, said the Trump administration's plan for a long-term occupation in his country is the right way to capitalize on gains made in the past 16 years of war. (Associated Press/File)

Afghanistan welcomes Trump plan for long-term U.S. partnership

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: A country that has long fiercely resisted foreign occupiers is ready to accept a long-term U.S. military presence to ensure stability and security, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Washington said in an interview, adding that Kabul is also ready to forge stronger ties with regional powers such as Iran and India to defeat terrorism and serve as a check to neighboring Pakistan.

Pakistani Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said his country will have plenty of economic opportunity in coming years that could be at risk from violence in neighboring Afghanistan. (Associated Press/File)

Afghanistan terror threatens to nip Pakistan’s budding economy; ambassador waits for Trump strategy

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Pakistan’s military has swept terrorist groups from the nation’s once-lawless tribal areas, but the gains could be put at risk if the security situation across the border in Afghanistan is not brought under control, Islamabad’s diplomat in Washington said, stressing that his nation is waiting for the Trump administration to clarify its strategy for the Afghanistan conflict.

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui (left) met with Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Monday and has meetings scheduled with other top officials this week. (Associated Press)

Tunisian diplomat seeks outreach with Trump administration

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Tunisia’s top diplomat says the Trump administration should “reach out more” to the tiny North African nation for collaboration against the evolving threat posed by the Islamic State — and to bolster the fragile island of democracy Tunisians are struggling to uphold in the Arab world.

"Irrespective of who controls the House and Congress, we want to work very closely with the U.S. on every level of government and intend to do so with President Trump," said Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, who emphasizes the importance of NATO. (Associated Press)

Estonia sees crucial roles for U.S., NATO despite Trump doubts

Like much of Europe — like much of the world — many Estonians acknowledge being bemused and sometimes confused by President Trump’s first weeks in the White House. But the tiny Baltic country’s top diplomat knows that when you are a stone’s throw from Russia, you cannot afford to argue with the leader of the free world.

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari advises critics of President Trump to give his foreign policy a chance. (Associated Press)

Pakistan’s former president urges Trump to send envoy to region

- The Washington Times

President Trump should quickly appoint a high-level envoy to South Asia to underscore U.S. leadership in the region and seize an opportunity missed by the Obama administration to coordinate a top-level response to the regional terrorist threat, said former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

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Pakistan and India face tension after an attack earlier this month on an Indian military base in Indian Kashmir that left many soldiers dead. (Associated Press)

Pakistan says India risks 'self-destructive war' by escalating Kashmir tensions

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Pakistani official in the volatile dispute over Kashmir warned in an interview that India is dangerously escalating a war of words over the divided territory between the two nuclear-armed powers, vehemently denying that Islamabad was behind a recent attack that killed 18 soldiers at an Indian military base there.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul of the House Committee on Homeland Security said President Obama's policies have failed to dent the Islamic State. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Michael McCaul blasts 'willfully blind' Obama for enabling Islamic State 'terror surge'

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Obama administration oversaw the 2011 takedown of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden but has since failed to confront honestly the more dangerous rise of the Islamic State, according to the Republican head of the House Committee on Homeland Security, who worries that the president's "tone-deaf" posture toward Islamist terrorism has damaged the intelligence community's own assessment of the new group.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting with governors in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, Turkey's education ministry says 11,285 of its personnel have been suspended amid suspicions they may be linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish rebels. (Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)

Turkish leader calls for U.S.-Turkey 'joint operation' in Syria

- The Washington Times

EXCLUSIVE: A key political ally of Turkey's president says defeating the Islamic State in Syria will require U.S. troops joining Turkish military forces on the ground inside the war-torn nation -- a move that would require a significant shift in the Obama administration's current policy.

With a total annual budget of roughly $730 million for the government's international media operations, the U.S. is "spending a small fraction of what our adversaries are spending," said Jeff Shell, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. (Associated Press)

Russian, Chinese propaganda muffling U.S. government's message to world

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The U.S. government's international media operations grossly lack funding to counter effectively the rising global blitz of state-sponsored propaganda from Russia, China and other rivals, says the head of the federal board that oversees such Washington-financed outlets as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America.