India, which has been the largest regional contributor to Afghan reconstruction, has shown no inclination to pursue deep defense ties with Kabul, a latest congressional report said.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) in its latest report on Afghanistan has said that India has had the largest regional contribution to Afghan reconstruction, but New Delhi has shown no inclination to pursue deep defense ties with Kabul.
The CRS report, titled “Afghanistan: Background and US Policy in Brief”, came ahead of President Donald Trump’s scheduled meetings with Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan – Narendra Modi and Imran Khan.
On the eve of the Trump-Modi meeting in New York, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar held a meeting with Special US Representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, in Afghanistan on Monday. According to the CRS, Trump has encouraged India to play a larger role in Afghanistan’s economic development.
“This, along with other administrative messages, has increased Pakistani concerns over Indian activity in Afghanistan,” it said. The CRS is an independent research wing of the US Congress, which periodically produces reports on issues of interest for lawmakers to make informed decisions.
“Pakistan’s security establishment, intimidated by India’s strategic encirclement, clearly continues to see the Taliban in Afghanistan as a relatively friendly and strong anti-India element.” India’s diplomatic and commercial presence in Afghanistan – and US support for it. Increases Pakistani fears of encirclement.