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US Recognizes India Is An Important Part Of The Afghanistan Conversation: Jaishankar | India News

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WASHINGTON: India is recognized in the United States as an important part of the conversation when discussing the future of Afghanistan, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said.
Jaishankar, who is in the United States on an official trip, said the situation in Afghanistan, from where the United States is in the process of withdrawing its troops, was discussed during his meetings with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security. Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan.
“In my meeting with the Secretary of Defense, with him, with the Secretary of State, obviously the issue of Afghanistan came up because it is a very important concern,” he said.
“The possible scenarios, once the US military withdraws is obviously something that matters to us, it is very important to Afghanistan, it is important to the United States and it has a broader regional resonance,” Jaishankar said.
US President Joe Biden announced in April that all US troops would withdraw from Afghanistan before September 11 this year, thus ending the country’s longest war, spanning two decades.
In an interaction with a group of Indian reporters here, Jaishankar said that Afghanistan came up in all these meetings.
“I don’t think it is so much due to what the role of India is. I mean, India has an interest, India has influence, India has interests, India has a history out there. We are a regional country. We are probably on the border with Afghanistan, “he said.
“So there is a recognition, clearly in the United States as in many other countries, that when talking about the future of Afghanistan, India is an important part of that conversation,” Jaishankar said.
“There were discussions about what could happen, what should happen, what shouldn’t happen,” he said in response to a question.
Earlier, Acting Undersecretary of State for South and Central Asia Dean Thompson told reporters that both India and the United States have long shared the view that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in their mutual interest.
“We need to continue working together and with the region to press for a political settlement to end the conflict there,” he said.
“With regard to the question on Afghanistan, certainly providing an update on what is happening in Afghanistan, the two ministers spoke about where things are going on that front,” Thompson said.
India has invested more than $ 3 billion in Afghanistan’s economic stabilization, reconstruction and relief work since 2001, when US-led troops drove the Taliban out of Kabul.



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