Trump Gives Weird History Lesson on Afghanistan and Russian Federation

The writer is a former ambassador and former interior secretary

"If Afghanistan is not on the negotiating table then there can be no negotiations", said a source.

His remarks came a day after Trump urged other countries, specifically Russia, Pakistan, and India, to become more involved in the fighting in Afghanistan as he argued against continued long-term presence of US troops in the war-torn country.

Trump further called on Russia, India and Pakistan to take up the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, also slamming his former Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, who he said did not perform well in Afghanistan.

"Trump added that "(Modi) is very smart.

Trump had earlier mocked Modi's comments on building a library in Afghanistan.'I don't know who's using it', he. "You know, a lot of these places you're reading about now are no longer part of Russian Federation, because of Afghanistan". But it's one of those things.

The Ministry of External Affairs said Mr Mohib briefed the Indian side about the security situation as well as the reconciliation process in Afghanistan, besides preparation for the upcoming presidential elections.

"I say this, India".

Trump's comments, coming with the usual exhortation of how good a friend Modi is, serves as a reminder of how confounding the US-India relationship is now: sometimes warm and sometimes utterly transactional depending on Trump's mood. He is a great gentleman and a great man and he's done a fantastic job. Former Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel said that every country including Pakistan and Afghanistan have a major stake in peace and stability.

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As per global news agency AFP, India has committed $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since the US-led forces toppled the extremist Taliban regime after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

According to the Embassy of India in Afghanistan, the current development partnership between India and Afghanistan renders India the country's largest donor in the region and one of its largest donors in the world.

"Security is not just boots on the ground". I mean, I'll give you an example.

"India firmly believes in the critical role that developmental assistance can play in transforming human lives".

Though the United States has been pressing India to send troops to Afghanistan, a demand repeatedly rejected by New Delhi, this is the first time the U.S. administration has publicly mocked India's developmental works in the strife-torn country.

In Afghanistan, India plays a significant role as a development partner. Instead of ranting about India's contribution to the cause in Afghanistan, it would perhaps be wise for the USA administration to pressurise Islamabad to open a channel of communication with New Delhi and adopt a more realistic approach towards Afghanistan.

This is in sharp contrast with American aid, which runs into millions of dollars but failed to achieve anything substantial in improving people's lives. Over the past few years India has helped Afghanistan build roads, erect power transmission lines and construct a parliament building.

New Delhi has also set up 116 "high-impact community development projects" in 31 provinces of Afghanistan to help with education, health, agriculture, irrigation, drinking water, renewable energy, flood control, micro-hydropower, sports infrastructure and administrative infrastructure. The highway will connect Iran with the Garland Highway, which links Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif Herat and Kunduz.

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