US President Donald Trump on 2 January 2018 took a jibe at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, by suggesting that in a war-torn country like Afghanistan it was of no use.
The US President referred to his friendly terms with PM Modi, but also showed his dissatisfaction over a library funded by India in Afghanistan
Speaking on the role of countries to facilitate dialogue with Afghanistan, Trump, who was addressing his first Cabinet meeting of the year, 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,” he added.
Trump drew a comparison between the expenses being borne by the US and other countries in the Afghan peace efforts.
“What other countries have done for the last long period of time is given us some soldiers and then talk about it like it’s the end of the world. 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. Also Read: 13 Most Outrageous Statements Made By President Donald Trump
Why regional countries, including India, Russia and Pakistan are not there to fight the Taliban in the war-torn country? Asks Trump
The US President cited India’s efforts towards peace and development in Afghanistan but alleged that the countries were not doing enough in the war-ravaged country and that they were taking advantage of the United States.
The US President emphasised the need for regional countries, including India, Russia and Pakistan, to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. He said, “Why is not Russia there (in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban)? Why isn’t India there? Why isn’t Pakistan there? Why are we (US) there? We are 6,000 miles away. But I don’t mind. We want to help our people. We want to help other nations.”
India has been one of the most enthusiastic countries over the US mission in Afghanistan, where the former Taliban regime sheltered fiercely anti-Indian terrorists.
But India’s role has alarmed Pakistan, whose intelligence service’s continued ties to extremists in Afghanistan has been seen by analysts in part as a way to counter New Delhi.
Trump last month moved to pull all 2,000 US troops out of Syria and cut by half the 14,000-strong force in Afghanistan, calling for less spending overseas.
Alluding in Wednesday’s remarks to the 1979-89 Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Trump said: “Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan.
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