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US Senators seek bigger role for India in Afghanistan

A group of American senators have sought enhanced cooperation with India in Afghanistan, including increasing New Delhi’s role in helping the Afghan security forces.

The lawmakers introduced a legislative amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act 2018 in the Senate to support their demand. The amendment seeks increasing India’s role in assisting the Afghan security forces through logistics support, threat analysis, intelligence, materiel, and maintenance support.

The amendment asks the Pentagon and the State Department to find ways in which India can support targeted infrastructure development and economic investment in Afghanistan.

Calling for a tri-lateral security and civilian co-operation between India, Afghanistan and the US, the amendment seeks establishment of priorities for investments to promote security and stability in Afghanistan that align with the mutual interests of Afghanistan, India, and the US.

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