[RSTV-Big Picture]-India’s Role in Afghanistan

Developmental assistance can play a major role in transforming Afghanistan,official sources said on 3 January, rejecting US President Donald Trump’s jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over funding of a “library” in the war-ravaged country. Trump had taken a jibe at PM Modi for funding a “library” in Afghanistan, saying it is of no use in the war-torn country as he criticised India and others for not doing enough for the nation’s security.

In his first cabinet meeting in the new year on 1st Jan,Trump asked India,Russia,Pakistan and other neighbouring countries to take responsibility for Afghanistan’s security as he defended his push for the US to invest less overseas.

India may be building small libraries as part of the community development initiative,but most of its investments in Afghanistan were on mega infrastructure projects including the 218 km road from Zaranj to Delaram,the Salma Dam and the new Afghan Parliament building.India has also been supplying military equipment to Afghanistan besides providing training to hundreds of Afghan security personnel.

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