Afghanistan's NSA Hamdullah Mohib meets India's NSA Ajit Doval in Delhi

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaWritten By: Sidhant SibalUpdated: Jan 04, 2019, 06:11 PM IST
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The US media has been reporting that US may withdraw 7,000 troops from Afghanistan though it has not been confirmed by the Pentagon.

Afghanistan's National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib on Friday met India's NSA Ajit Doval at Hyderabad house. Mohib's visit is the first high-level engagement of the Afghan government with India. 

The NSAs meeting comes just a day after US president Donald Trump mocked Prime Minister Modi and India's aid to Afghanistan.

He said, “I could give you an example where I get along very well with India and Prime Minister Modi. But he is constantly telling me, he built a library in Afghanistan. Library! That’s like five hours of what we spend (in Afghanistan). And he (Modi) tells me. He is very smart. We are supposed to say, oh thank you for the library. Don’t know who’s using it (the library) in Afghanistan. But it’s one of those things. I don’t like being taken advantage of."

India slammed the comments with top government sources telling WION, "India firmly believes in the critical role that developmental assistance can play in transforming human lives." New Delhi also rejected any American demand for Indian troops on the ground saying it "does not send its armed forces abroad except under the specific mandate of UN Peacekeeping Operations."

The meet also happens when the situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving with Russia, Iran, Pakistan and US all engaged in talks with the Taliban.

The US media has been reporting that US may withdraw 7,000 troops from Afghanistan though it has not been confirmed by the Pentagon. Top Indian government sources last week told WION that New Delhi is "closely watching" recent developments in Afghanistan regarding the peace initiatives and does not find any reason to be concerned about changes in US policy on Afghanistan.

India's official policy on the Afghan peace process is that it should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and Afghan-controlled and with the participation of the government of Afghanistan. 

Last year India had participated in the Moscow talks on Afghanistan in which the Taliban also took part. India participated at a non-official level sending two former diplomats - Amar Sinha, India's former envoy to Afghanistan and TCA Raghavan at the non-official level at the Moscow talks. 

Next week former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and United State's special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will visit India for Raisina Dialogue.

This will be the first official visit by Zalmay to India in his capacity as the special representative of US for Afghanistan and he will be meeting the Indian leadership.