U.S. president laughs at Indian-funded library in Afghanistan

Trump listening to Modi during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Argentina

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Trump has always been critical of the US' own presence in Afghanistan, which began after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and his latest comments come as the United States military has been ordered to begin planning to withdraw about half the troops in from the country.

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Jan. 2, 2019, in Washington.

But officials have not found the "library" that Trump cited to belittle India's reconstruction efforts earlier this week, angering India, and also confusing it. Officials tried hard to find that library the USA president was referring, and even the most experienced of India's Afghan hands couldn't recall one. He further said, "We have to develop a comprehensive strategy and policy for Afghan refugees to counter the negative propaganda". Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib held meetings with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval in New Delhi on Friday.

The Afghan NSA also noted that the "numbers that are being spoken of are numbers that were increased in 2017". The US troops also regardless of the Hindu Kush. I said, 'Why don't you let them fight?' Why are we getting in the middle of it? Taliban is here, ISIS is here, and they're fighting each other.

"There are several United States mechanisms for engagement in military". But there has been in the train advice assist process.

While some of the reforms have been completed, "other processes we are accelerating".

It gives 1,000 scholarships a year to Afghan students.

"Actually, there is nothing planned as we speak". So we get nothing. The strength of India's developmental initiatives in Afghanistan lies in their sustainability and grass-root penetration. "And we are subsidizing their military is by billions and billions and billions of dollars, many, many, many times, what those soldiers cost that country", the US President said.

Responding to a question, Trump said he wants India to be involved in Afghanistan. However, it is virtually impossible for New Delhi to agree to send troops to Afghanistan since there is a bilateral consensus on this issue. Trump may also feel tempted to delegate the responsibility of Afghan security to Pakistan, which would undeniably be the worst possible outcome for India.

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It was unclear to which project Trump was referring, but India has committed $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since US-led forces toppled the extremist Taliban regime after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

"... There is a lot of disinformation..."

"But here's the thing, because you mentioned India". Afghanistan made it Russian Federation, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan.

"President Trump fails to recognise basic historical facts on the 1979 illegal invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union", Javid Faisal, former government official and a candidate for the Afghan parliament, told The National.

The Indian side also conveyed to the Afghan NSA that regional and global partners of Afghanistan need to work keeping in mind the priorities, wishes and desire of the Afghan people.

Recently, a Taliban delegation was invited to Tehran - which raised eyebrows in several regional capitals. The so-called Reagan Doctrine, which backed anti-communist movements in Afghanistan, Angola and Nicaragua, boosted economic and military support to guerrilla groups in Afghanistan fighting the Red Army.

The source added that it would be unfair to ask the Afghan government to align its interests completely with United States and Afghanistan would like to lead the process even if Americans think that they did enough to bring it to this stage. However, Afghan officials have indicated that much of the visible bustle, including the shuttle diplomacy of the Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, may not have much substance. Speaking on the occasion, former Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said that no attention is paid towards social and economic development of Afghanis by all the stakeholders. Afghans have started to realise that they have to come together. The words of Rev. George Gleig, a soldier who survived the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42), are worth remembering: "A war begun for no wise objective, carried on with a odd mixture of rashness and timidity, brought to a close after suffering and disaster, without much glory attached either to the government which directed, or the great body of troops which waged it". "Why are we there?" he asked. All presidential candidates said in their campaign that they will ratify the agreement and then the NUG signed it. These discussions can not happen behind closed doors. After the invasion of former Soviet Union, all United States presidents did not condemn the aggression, but remained supporters of the sacred Jihad of the Afghan people.

Every country values its interests and with consideration of the current sensitive situations of the country, we are trying to speed up efforts for self-reliance, reads the statement.

Mr. Khalilzad's direct talks with the Taliban that cut out the National Unity government (NUG) in Kabul reportedly didn't even have President Ashraf Ghani in the loop until after the first talks were held in Qatar - this reversed the previous USA position not to engage the Taliban until it engages the NUG. "Some are helpful, and some are unhelpful". "There is no backstory to it", said Mohib, dismissing reports that the USA had urged postponement of polls to avoid any "distraction" from the peace process.

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