“India is Afghanistan’s most dependable regional accomplice and the biggest contributor of improvement help within the area,” stated the Pentagon in its report back to the Congress titled ‘Enhancing Safety and Stability in Afghanistan’.
This help consists of civil improvement initiatives such because the Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam and the Afghan parliament constructing, the report stated.
India offers vital coaching alternatives for Afghan officers and enlisted personnel and has incessantly supplied to extend its burden sharing for Afghanistan, it stated, including that roughly 130 Afghans journey to India annually to attend varied navy and commissioning programmes.
India has additionally donated restricted safety help, most notably 4 Mi-35 plane, the Pentagon stated.
“The brand new South Asia coverage highlighted our relationship with India and referred to as on India to offer extra help to the worldwide efforts in Afghanistan. America welcomes extra Indian financial, medical, and civic help to Afghanistan,” the Pentagon stated in its report.
That is the primary report of the Pentagon to Congress after President Donald Trump introduced his new Afghan and South Asia coverage in August.
“Our objective in Afghanistan stays the identical: to stop Afghanistan from once more changing into a protected haven from which terrorist teams can plan and execute assaults on the USA, or our allies and residents overseas. To perform this, we proceed to help our Afghan companions and practice, advise, and help its navy and authorities establishments,” it stated.
Underneath the brand new technique, the US will proceed to help the Afghan authorities and safety forces within the struggle in opposition to the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – Khorasan (ISIS-Ok), and different insurgents and terrorists, to strengthen the Afghan authorities and forestall reestablishment of terrorist protected havens in Afghanistan.
“A serious change from our earlier technique is the shift from a time-based method to a conditions-based one. This shift underscores the US dedication to the continued improvement of the Afghan Nationwide Defence and Safety Forces (ANDSF), supplied that our Afghan companions fulfill their obligations,” the Pentagon stated.
The brand new technique doesn’t imply a return to US-led fight operations, as a substitute, the important thing to success lies in enhancing ANDSF capabilities and permit them to guide within the struggle in opposition to the Taliban, it clarified.
“We are going to proceed to work by, with, and thru the ANDSF to assist them defeat their enemies and to in the end arrive at a political settlement in Afghanistan,” stated the Pentagon.