As per the latest US Congressional report, India has not shown a keen inclination towards pursuing deeper defence cooperation with Afghanistan despite being the largest regional contributor to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and infrastructural development.
The report titled “Afghanistan: Background and US Policy In Brief’ has been compiled by Congressional Research Service and was published a few days ahead of Donald Trump’s meeting with Narendra Modi in Houston.
The US Encouraging India To Contribute In Afghanistan
On the sidelines of Narendra Modi’s meeting with Donald Trump in the US, India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar held discussions with Special US representative on Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad.
According to the CRS report, the US President has urged India to play a greater role in Afghanistan’s economic development. CRS is an independent research department of the US Congress and prepares periodic reports on issues of vital importance.
Why Is Pakistan Pally With The Afghan Taliban?
Pakistan’s administrative and security establishments are afraid of India’s diplomatic and commercial expanse in Afghanistan. Pakistan continues to view the Afghan Taliban as a relatively friendly and anti-India component in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, India’s interests in Afghanistan are largely circled around establishing a more direct commercial and political outreach to Central Asia.
The sudden deadlock in the peace process in Afghanistan has exasperated Pakistan as Islamabad has vested interests in the execution of a peace deal between the US and Afghan Taliban.
Pakistan wants the international focus to stay on Jammu and Kashmir rather than the situation in Afghanistan and also wants to reconstruct its relationship with the US under the umbrella of the Afghan peace process.