Trump mocks India's Modi for library in Afghanistan

A convoy of US forces armored vehicles drives near the village on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij in March 2017

A convoy of US forces armored vehicles drives near the village on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij in March 2017

It came within days of the U.S. president announcing a withdrawal of all troops from Syria.

The Afghan "black hole" seems to have sucked America's resources as well as its will. But Trump's knowledge of historical facts surrounding the Afghan conflict is as profound as his reading habits.

The official said for the time being there was no visit overseas by the prime minister in which Trump will also be participating and neither were there any plans for the premier to travel to Washington.

A statement from President Ashraf Ghani's office described the battle against the Soviets as a "national uprising for gaining freedom" and noted that the Soviet invasion was condemned by the United Nations and the United States at the time.

The Wall Street Journal issued a brief but blistering editorial Thursday ripping into Donald Trump's remarks early this week in which the president defended the Soviet's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. Trump's assessment is dangerously delusional.

"May be Trump should know that while he is decrying every other help in Afghanistan, India has been building not only libraries, but roads, dams, schools and even parliament building". Media reports have already indicated that this assertion is inaccurate and reeks of Mr. Trump's ignorance.

The Indian embassy in Kabul claims India is the biggest South Asian donor to Afghanistan, spending around $2bn on reconstruction and rehabilitation. "Once we can provide assistance to our ground troops from air, a big need for U.S. presence would be diminished".

The American leader was trying to make a point that USA investments in Afghanistan - in personnel, materiel and money terms - were unmatched by that of allies and partners, a notion that was questioned and criticized from the moment it was mooted.

Trump: "You do have terrorists, mostly Taliban, but ISIS". First, domestic interests of countries often override the commitments made to friends.

But Trump's apparent bid to undermine India's developmental work in Afghanistan has annoyed not just politicians but also many ordinary Indians.

"I must say, when we think about 2024, that is an ideal situation when we have all the time that we need in terms of preparation, needs of the air force and special forces", he said. He further said, "We have to develop a comprehensive strategy and policy for Afghan refugees to counter the negative propaganda". Pakistan has always been the major problem in Afghanistan's stabilisation; it has become more troubling at a moment when the Taliban are on an ascendant trajectory.

"We are in a state of shock", the source reportedly added. Pakistan's relationship with its immediate neighbourhood is invariably shaped by the powerful military's "zero-sum" view of regional geopolitics.

Meanwhile, India hoped to have talks with the United States envoy Zalmay Khalilzad for Taliban peace talks, during Khalilzad's visit to India expected to be next week for Raisina Dialogue.

Afghanistan's current war, fought alongside the United States against the Taliban, appears to be locked in a stalemate as it enters its 18th year. 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. Trump's thesis was that foreign leaders take America for a ride. But he is constantly telling me, he built a library in Afghanistan.

New Delhi trains Afghan military officers in India but has refrained from sending its own soldiers to the war-torn country. The reason Russian Federation was in, in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russian Federation.

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