Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump is closely monitoring the progress in his new South Asia Strategy, which gives a major role to India, and is very much engaged in its implementation, a senior administration official has said.Trump had sought a major role for India in bringing peace in Afghanistan and ruled out a hasty withdrawal of troops from the war-torn nation while announcing his new Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August.Trump had a meeting with his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis before he left on his visit to Pakistan. The defense Secretary is again likely to brief the president on his return.
Asserting that the things are signs of encouragement in the implementation of the South Asia strategy, the official said it is moving in the right direction.”We need to give more time for the strategy to take root,” the official said.”It’s a multifaceted strategy. We’re using all the tools that the US has its disposal military, economic, diplomatic.All these parts of the strategy are important. They all need to work in tandem together. The president is very interested in keeping track of how the strategy is going. And he is receiving regular updates,” the senior administration official said.
“In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s interests are clear: We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America, and we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists and being used against us, or anywhere in the world for that matter,” Trump said.Announcing his strategy, Trump said a core pillar of his new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions.Describing Pakistan as an important part of his strategy, Trump had said the US 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.