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Donald Trump mocks PM Modi, evokes angry reactions from BJP, Congress

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Donald Trump mocks PM Modi, evokes angry reactions from BJP, Congress

India has rejected US President Donald Trump's comments mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, saying New Delhi has provided $3bn in development assistance to the war-torn country. He then rubbished Modi's vanity, saying, "You know what that is?"

Interestingly, Trump hinted that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is delivering in a big way to help the USA end the war. "Afghanistan made it Russian Federation because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan", Trump said. He denounced former Defense Secretary James Mattis for failing to deliver results in Afghanistan and suggested that Trump himself would be a superior general.

Indian projects have included the reconstruction of an elite high school in Kabul and scholarships to India for 1,000 Afghan students each year. He said that Washington was now in talks with various actors, including the Taliban, in search of peace, but then called on regional powers to step up.

"So, I look forward to meeting with the new leadership in Pakistan".

In view of the United States announcement of troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, the spokesman said that Pakistan shares a long border with Afghanistan and seeks peace and stability in the country. He said Moscow's involvement in the nine-year Soviet-Afghan war led to the bankruptcy and dissolution of the Soviet Union and called on other countries in the region to join the fight against extremists in Afghanistan. "Afghanistan made it Russian Federation because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan", Trump said.

Trump had often claimed that the USA is providing billions of dollars in aid to countries which offer nothing in return. 'It can be done if Taliban are brought to the table and Pakistan can play an important role, ' he said.

Trump's swipe at India over Afghanistan was a reminder of his previous jab during his August 2017 speech when was announcing an increase in United States troop levels in the war-ravaged country.

However, it was not clear about what particular project the US President was talking about when he referred to PM Modi. "So, I ended that", he told his cabinet during a meeting.

Recently, a batch of Afghan women also completed their training at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai.

The Afghan government on Thursday said it has asked the United States to provide clarification on certain statements, established through diplomatic channels on some policies, saying the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) continue to deal with heavy sacrifices in the battlefield, for the sake of worldwide peace and security, particularly security of the friendly nations.

One source told the paper: "India seeks to build capacities and capabilities of Afghan nationals and its institutions for governance and delivery of public service, develop socio-economic infrastructure, secure lives and promote livelihood".

The sources added: "In Afghanistan, India plays a significant role as a development partner".

The infrastructure projects including construction of the 218-km road from Zaranj to Delaram for movement of goods to the Iranian border, construction of the 220kV DC transmission line from Pul-e-Khumri to Kabul that provides a key element of security for Afghan and United States troops, the 42MW India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam or Salma dam that supplies water for irrigating 75,000 hectares and the new Afghan Parliament built with Indian support.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said India does not need sermons from the U.S. on Afghanistan.

New Delhi was fuming at the barb but did not hit back directly at Mr Trump, keeping in mind the sensitivities and overall strength of India-US ties.

Trump's comments, coming with the usual exhortation of how good a friend Modi is, serves as a reminder of how confounding the US-India relationship is now: sometimes warm and sometimes utterly transactional depending on Trump's mood.

The facts about why the Soviets invaded Afghanistan aside, Trump's real point here is not as incoherent as it sounds. We want to help our people.

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