Vastavam web: President Donald Trump today vowed to boost US’ strategic partnership with India to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and called on New Delhi to provide more economic assistance to the war-torn country.Trump, in his first prime-time televised address to the nation as commander-in-chief, laid out his South Asia policy saying a “critical part” of it was to further develop US’ strategic partnership with India.He said after a “comprehensive review”, it was decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically.India, the world’s largest democracy, is a key security and economic partner of the US, he said.
“We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the US, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development,” Trump said.”We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region,” said the US President.”We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” he said.
“In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies. The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognise those contributions and those sacrifices,” Trump said.”But that will have to change. That will change immediately. No partnership can survive a country’s harbouring of militants and terrorists who target US service members and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilisation, order, and to peace,” Trump said.In a statement following Trump’s address, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson echoed the president’s views on enhanced role for India in the new South Asia strategy.