India well-suited to assist Kabul in its border security: US Congressional committee

A powerful US Congressional committee has said that India which is a regional partner to Afghanistan and a major defence partner of the US is well-suited to assist Kabul in its border security.

In a report attached along with the National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA, 2018, the all-powerful Senate Armed Services Committee said it believes that India is well-suited to assist the Government of Afghanistan to improve its security and the broader region.

The Committee opined that India can work on a trilateral basis with the US and Afghanistan.

Concerned by the current stalemate in Afghanistan, the Committee which is headed by Senator John McCain said the US should leverage the capabilities of allies and partners to more effectively secure regional stability and security.

It said that the US needs to recommit to the fight in Afghanistan and that India, as a major defence partner of the US and a contributor to regional security, has a critical role to play in this effort. The Pentagon and the Trump Administration has praised India’s efforts in Afghanistan.

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