US vows to deepen its strategic partnership with India while slams Pakistan for its support to terrorism
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 22-Aug-2017

Washington, August 22: The United States President Donald Trump vowed to deepen its strategic partnership with India. Notably, President Trump on Monday in a prime-time televised address to the nation laid out his South Asia policy saying a "critical part" of it was to further develop US' strategic partnership with India. He ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country.

 

US President Donald Trump also urged New Delhi for an enhanced role for in the economic field, to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. President Trump said that India is the world's largest democracy, is a key security and economic partner of the United States. "We appreciate India's important contributions to stability in Afghanistan,” President Trump added.

 

"We appreciate India's important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development," Trump said.

President Trump in his address said after a "comprehensive review", it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically. In an apparent warning to Pakistan Trump said Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists.

However, later, President Trump also slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so. “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” President Trump added.

 

Earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to discuss on her help in shaping President Donald Trump’s new South Asia strategy.