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  • Indians, Afghans react to Trumps "Afghan library" dig at PM Modi

    US President Donald Trump's comments mocking New Delhi's role in Afghanistan have drawn widespread ridicule and anger both in India and Afghanistan.

    On Wednesday, Trump said he got along very well with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the Indian leader was "constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan".

    "That's like five hours of what we spend... And we are supposed to say, 'oh, thank you for the library'. I don't know who is using it in Afghanistan," Trump said.

    He also said Russia, Pakistan and India should be intervening in Afghanistan, not the US. "Why are we there, 6,000 miles away?" he asked.


    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/trump-wrong-mocking-india-modi-afghanistan-role-190105063051508.html

    Al Jazeera btw seems to be presenting the most friendly headline wrt this story. The Washington times has a article on this story with a much more aggressive headline,

    Indians outraged, mystified by Trump's Afghan library taunt

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...library-taunt/


    The most interesting comment for me was when Trump said

    Russia, Pakistan and India should be intervening in Afghanistan, not the US. "Why are we there, 6,000 miles away?

    One legit criticism may be that India does not have troops fighting in Afghanistan like how The British and The USA did against the Taliban
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  • #2
    And not for the first time, Trump is right : the presence of the Taliban in Afghanistan is not a danger for the US .If the Taliban are a danger,it is for Russia, India, Pakistan (the neighbours ) and as India,Pakistan ,Russia are not intervening in Afghanistan, why should the US intervene ?

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    • #3
      Actually Modi was talking about the Afghan Parliament we constructed.

      Trump most probably mistook it to Library.

      Indian troops only serve outside under UN Peace Keeping Force,

      even the Modi government can not get whole support of our Parliament to send troops.

      Pakistani Troops are there in Afghanistan.

      They have won the War.

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      • #4
        There seems to be some misconceptions about Indian assistance to Afghanistan.

        this article is worth reading.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.46efbfba88cf

        Researching further in Afghans narrative,


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        ndo-Afghan Strategic Partnership:
        • The Indo-Afghan Strategic relationship was formally established in October 2011 with the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement. India is the biggest regional donor to Afghanistan and fifth largest donor globally with over $3 billion in assistance.
        • India’s assistance to infrastructure development has been significant. There are over 200 public and private schools in Afghanistan with over a 1000 scholarships sponsored by India. There are over 16,000 Afghan students in India.
        • India has provided assistance in the construction of critical infrastructure: around 4000 km of roadways in Afghanistan, most notably the Zaranj-Dilaram highway; the Salma dam and electricity transmission lines; and the Afghan Parliament building;
        • The Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) took over responsibility from the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in 2015 and now have a capacity of 352,000 personnel. Over 4000 Afghan officers have been trained in Indian military institutions with an expected increment of 50% in the number of officers being trained in India this year.
        https://www.brookings.edu/events/ind...stan-to-india/

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        • #5
          Pity India allowed Pak occupied Kashmir into Pakistani hands. Otherwise we could have provided even better assistance to Afghan people.

          might have provided US troops a direct Land Route via Kashmir.

          our wheat could have gone directly to Afghanistan via Kashmir not via Iran.

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          • #6
            Due to Pakistani blockade we can't supply to Afghanistan through Pakistan.

            so we are shipping through Iran.

            Speaking at a special ceremony to receive the historic consignment Saturday in the border town of Zaranj, India’s ambassador to Kabul, Manpreet Vohra, said the shipment has demonstrated the viability of the new route. He added that India, Afghanistan and Iran agreed to operationalize the Chabahar port only a year-and-a-half ago.

            “The ease and the speed with which this project is already working is evident from the fact that as we are receiving the first trucks of wheat here in Zaranj, the second ship from Kandla has already docked in Chabahar,” Vohra announced.

            He said there will be seven shipments between now and February and a total of 110,000 tons of wheat will come to Afghanistan through Chabahar. Vohra added the shipments are part of a promised 1.1 million tons of wheat as India’s “gift” to Afghanistan out of which 700,000 has already been sent to the country.

            India is investing $500 million in Chabahar port to build new terminals, cargo berths and connecting roads, as well as rail lines.
            https://www.voanews.com/a/indian-whe...n/4110774.html

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            • #7
              So we have built Port in Iran. To gain access to Central Asia and off course Afghanistan.

              The IndiaIranAfghanistan three-way memorandum of understanding (MoU) plans have committed at least $21bn to Chabahar–Hajigak corridor,[2] including $85m for Chabahar port development by India,[3] $150m line of credit by India to Iran,[3] $8bn India-Iran MoU for Indian industrial investment in Chabahar Special Economic Zone,[4] $11-billion Hajigak iron and steel mining project awarded to seven Indian companies in central Afghanistan,[4][5] and India's $2bn commitment to Afghanistan for developing supporting infrastructure including the Chabahar-Hajigaj railway,[5] with potential for several times more trade via connectivity to 7,200-km-long multi-mode North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC) connecting to Europe and Turkey, R297 Amur highway and Trans-Siberian Highway across Russia,[6] and planned Herat to Mazar-i-Sharif railway providing access to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.[6]Chabahar Port also provides direct access to India's Farkhor Air Base in Tajikistan.[7]Chabahar route will result in 60% reduction in shipment costs and 50% reduction in shipment time from India to Central Asia.[8]
              https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chabahar_Port

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              • #8
                Thankfully President Trump has allowed this port to operate out of present Sanctions.
                The U.S. State Department says it is exempting Iran's big port project in Chabahar from sanctions in recognition of its importance to landlocked Afghanistan.

                President Donald Trump's "South Asia strategy underscores our ongoing support of Afghanistan's economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India," a State Department spokesman said on November 6.

                Iran late last year inaugurated the port on the Indian Ocean, which is being built largely by India and is expected to provide a key supply route for Afghanistan while allowing India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia and Africa.
                https://www.rferl.org/a/us-exempts-i.../29586874.html

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