Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 14th
The United States is in contact with India to use it as a stage for air strikes in Afghanistan, while it will reassess its relationship with Pakistan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on leaving Afghanistan.
Binken’s comments came days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet with US President Joe Biden on September 24 at the Quad Summit, possibly followed by a bilateral interaction.
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“I speak of northwestern India as a potential because Qatar and Doha are just a little too far,” Blinken said when asked during the hearing by Congressman Mark Green whether the United States had reached out to India as a possible staging area for aviation attackers. any terrorist paradise that may arise in Afghanistan.
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Blinken declined to elaborate, noting that “Let me just say in general that we are deeply committed to India across the board in terms of specific details of the horizon and the plans we have laid.”
The Pentagon’s latest over-the-horizon attack had killed nine civilians instead of a suicide bomber it had thought was on its way to Kabul airport.
Although the world pledged more than $ 1 billion instead of the $ 606 million the UN sought to feed a crore of Afghans, most world leaders, including Blinken, are not convinced that the Taliban will distribute aid fairly.
While Pakistan’s envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan met with Afghan Foreign Minister Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi in Kabul on Tuesday, Blinken called on Pakistan to deny legitimacy to the Taliban unless they meet international requirements.
Muttaqi has ensured full transparency.
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- Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla has hoped that the global community would take a holistic approach to Afghanistan.
- The approach has been formulated in the UN Security Council resolution on the safe departure of Afghans and foreigners from Kabul and needs to uphold human rights.
- India’s investments have given it tremendous goodwill, and our friendship with Afghans will continue to guide our approach, he said.