New Afghanistan Strategy

 

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  • G.S. Paper 2,3
  • Highlights of New Afghanistan Strategy
  • India-Afghanistan relation

Recently

  • Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump declared New Assertive Afghanistan Strategy to solve the issue of terrorism and safe haven for terrorist in the region.
  • The U.S. has asked India for its involvement in the war-torn country.
  • Trump has declared that US will not be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations.

Highlights of New Afghanistan Strategy

  • It pointed out that India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States and in return it wants India to help US more with Afghanistan.
  • It recognized India as a strategic partner for security and economic development in Afghanistan.
  • Similar demands were made on South Korea, Japan and Germany.
  • By inviting India to be a partner in Afghanistan, it entirely overruled Pakistan’s position that India’s involvement to its west is part of the problem.

India-Afghanistan relation

  • Since 2001, India has been the fifth largest aid provider to Afghanistan, there are 16,000 Afghan students studying in India and 4000 Afghan army officers who have been trained in India.
  • Early on, India built the Zaranj-Delaram highway connecting to the Iran border, a project that saw many Indian workers and engineers killed by the Taliban.
  • The Pul-e-Khumri transmission lines and Salma Damwere also built by India as was the Afghan parliament building.
  • This year, the Indian government has already committed an extra $1 billion to Afghanistan’s development.

 

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