The U.S. President Donald Trump has said that the regional
countries, including India, Russia, and Pakistan should fight against the
Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
President Trump reportedly made the remarks during the first
cabinet meeting chaired by him on Wednesday.
“Why is not Russia there? Why isn’t India there? Why
isn’t Pakistan there? Why are we there? We are 6,000 miles away. But I don’t
mind. We want to help our people. We want to help other nations,” President
Trump told reporters in response to a question.
He also expressed dissatisfaction over New Delhi’s efforts
towards peace and development in Afghanistan, emphasizing that the countries
were not doing enough in the war-ravaged country.
“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,” Trump added.
In response to a question regarding India’s likely security
role in Afghanistan, Trump said “We are going to be doing something that
is right. We are talking to the Taliban. We are talking to a lot of different
“But here’s the thing, because you mentioned India.
India is there. Russia is there. Russia used to be Soviet Union. Afghanistan
made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia. So
you tend to look at other countries. Pakistan is there. They should be
fighting. But Russia should be fighting,” he said.
He also added that “The reason Russia was in
Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to
be there. The problem is it was a tough fight and literally they (Russia) went
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