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United States says India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner

India and its relations with peace keeping nations have always been on a high scale graph. The peace keeping strategy of India is well appreciated by major developing nations throughout the globe. Giving away all praises to New Delhi’s contributions to the peaceful development of the war-torn country, here’s what Pentagon revealed in its report.

In its semi-annual Afghan report, covering the period of June-Nov 2018, to the US Congress said that India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner. “India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner and the largest contributor of development assistance in the region,” said the Pentagon.

“India provides significant training opportunities for Afghan officers and enlisted personnel and has frequently offered to increase its burden-sharing for Afghanistan. Approximately 130 Afghans travel to India each year to attend various military academy and commissioning programs,” the Pentagon said.

The report said that Afghanistan faces a continuing threat from an externally supported insurgency and the highest regional concentration of terrorist groups in the world while revealing that the Taliban and the Haqqani Network retain freedom of movement in Pakistan.

As announced by the US President Donald Trump in the month of August 2017, The South Asia Strategy has focused on pressuring Pakistan to limit support and safe-heaven for proxy terrorist and militant groups and to play a constructive role in facilitating Afghan reconciliation.

India is doing a great job of providing training opportunities for Afghan officers and enlisted personnel and has frequently offered to increase its burden-sharing for Afghanistan. Around 130 Afghans travel to India each year to attend various military academy and commissioning programs.

Pentagon report also stated, “In this reporting period, the US continued to call on regional partners to reinforce our messages that state support for terrorist proxies will not be tolerated, that cross-border cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan is essential, and that the Taliban cannot achieve its objectives through continued military conflict.”

Source: Times of India

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