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QUESTION NO.1452 INDIAN INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN

March 08, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1452
TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.03.2018

INDIAN INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN

1452. SHRI ANIL DESAI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the President of USA has called for greater Indian involvement in Afghanistan;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether USA has requested India to deploy troops in Afghanistan; and

(d) if so, Government's response thereto?

 

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a) to (d) In his speech on August 21, 2017, the President of the United States of America, inter-alia, stated, "We appreciate India's important contributions to stability in Afghanistan”. He further added that the United States would want India to assist Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development.

This was reaffirmed by the US Secretary of State in his remarks at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on October 18, 2017, when he, inter-alia, said, "India is a partner for peace in Afghanistan”, and that "India's important role is in providing development assistance to Afghanistan”.

India's position has been that it is committed to supporting the Government and the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity in their country. India remains steadfast in extending reconstruction and development assistance to Afghanistan.

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