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US, India to align interests with Kabul

Updated Sep 24, 2016 07:32am

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UNITED NATIONS: The United States, Afghanistan and India have agreed to align their assistance with the priorities to help the government in Kabul, said an official statement.

Delegations from the three countries met in New York on Wednesday on the margins of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, for a round of Afghanistan-India-US consultations.

“The meeting provided a forum for the US government and the government of India to explore ways to coordinate and align their assistance with the priorities of the Afghan government,” the US State Department said.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson, met to exchange views on the situation in Afghanistan and on regional issues of mutual interest.

Reaffirming their shared interests in advancing peace and security in the region, as well as countering terrorism, all sides welcomed the discussions focused on political, economic, and development goals in Afghanistan, including the regional dimension.

They agreed that the dialogue helps advance shared values and goals, and decided to continue these consultations on a regular basis.

Published in Dawn, September 23rd, 2016

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POLO Sep 23, 2016 11:59am

It's good, they are cooperating for peace and prosperity in Pak-Afghan region.

ART KP Sep 23, 2016 12:05pm

Back stabbers all.

Ahmed bin Babar Sep 23, 2016 12:20pm

It is easy to manipulate the small & poor ones...

Desi Dimag Sep 23, 2016 12:21pm

It's good to see India is doing constructive work in Afghanistan.

Chinto Sep 23, 2016 12:25pm

No Afghanistan without Pakistan.

Satya Sep 23, 2016 12:32pm

Pakistan is so lucky to have India and Afghanistan as neighbours.

Abdul Majeed Sep 23, 2016 12:44pm

@Satya You forgot to mention Iran and China

Raja Farhat Abbas Sep 23, 2016 12:53pm

@Satya ....not funny!!

Raja Farhat Abbas Sep 23, 2016 12:55pm

@Abdul Majeed. Very good reply.

Shakeel Ahmed Sep 23, 2016 12:57pm

Good. Soon we will see Afghan style mindset taking over there too.

Gaurav Sep 23, 2016 01:06pm

@ART KP: Back stabbers all.

When you see all the cars moving in the wrong direction,most probably you are driving in the wrong lane.

ayaz Sep 23, 2016 01:09pm

Pakistan should have good and stable relations with Kabul, India and USA's more connections with Afghanistan can make situation in Pakistan more worsen. PAk and Afghanistan have more mutual interests .. . .

zain Sep 23, 2016 01:10pm

and When India is taking Afghani refugees?

Sajjad Khan-Sherwani Sep 23, 2016 01:11pm

These shared values of this war monger who started the war in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan by overthrowing the Taliban whom it used against the Soviets is now working with any one who can serve its interests no matter who he may be.

Peace Sep 23, 2016 01:16pm

Good work for peace. It is a very hard journey but possible. only remember you cant bring peace in order to destabilize another country.

Merwais Khan Sep 23, 2016 01:20pm

@Satya hahaha you nailed it bro :-D

Srini Sep 23, 2016 01:21pm

@Satya And for India and Afghanistan, its other other way :)

Merwais Khan Sep 23, 2016 01:19pm

@zain Afghani refugees are decreasing day by day. It was 3M, now it's 2.5M and end of 2017 you will barely find any Afghani refugee in Pakistan.

Akram Sep 23, 2016 01:27pm

@Satya . Sadly India and Afghanistan are not each other's neighbours . That would have been really handy for Afghan refugees.

Trump Sep 23, 2016 01:26pm

@Satya : Super Response.

Trump Sep 23, 2016 01:28pm

@Gaurav : Perfect analogy.

Being Indian Sep 23, 2016 01:29pm

India is a developing country. And as an responsible Biggest Democratic country in the world India would like to help other countries just like Afghanistan to develop in Peace and harmony. India is friendly country with 99% of countries around the world including Middle Eastern countries , Israel, Iran , Iraq, Russia, China ( yes China too ) Vietnam , Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh , Bhutan & African countries.

Sid Sep 23, 2016 01:27pm

@Abdul Majeed ... Remember this words of yours. In future that will have a completely different meaning.

Vimal Sep 23, 2016 01:37pm

@zain we already have taken Karzai.

Art KP Sep 23, 2016 01:45pm

@Gaurav Yes, I am seeing all cars driving in wrong direction but me being a traffic warden, they all are getting penalty fines.

kya Sep 23, 2016 01:47pm

both these powers are working to bring peace in war affected afghanistan, and India will bring development back to the country.

Dev Sep 23, 2016 01:49pm

@zain India already has a lot of Afghan and Bangladeshi refugees. Always has been a country where we welcome everyone who want to learn, earn and prosper. Peace brother

SB Sep 23, 2016 01:57pm

@zain , No need. India is educating most of the afgani. Just see Afgan government and defence force. Most of them are trained in India. India provide value addeded service

Manish Sep 23, 2016 01:58pm

@Abdul Majeed Iran is in the side of Indo Afgan

KP Sep 23, 2016 02:10pm

Why India doesn't align its interest with next door Nepal? China is aligning its interest with Nepal and by the time India realises it'll be too late. Indian Afghan drama to annoy Pakistan is in vain!

Mohammad S. Khalid Sep 23, 2016 02:14pm

Desperate measures to portray US failure in Afghanistan as success.

KP Sep 23, 2016 02:17pm

@Manish Iran is not on anyones side, they don't play sides and cunning games like indian and afghans.

Sarfaraz Ah. Sep 23, 2016 02:17pm

Richard Olson is the representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, not India.

Akram Sep 23, 2016 02:17pm

@Merwais Khan "and end of 2017 you will barely find any Afghani refugee in Pakistan." Been hearing this for 20 years.

P.C.PANDEY Sep 23, 2016 02:20pm

India-Afgan Bhai Bhai

Sarfaraz Ah. Sep 23, 2016 02:21pm

@Manish Read the news of yesterday, Iran has wished to join Pakistan's CPEC.

AHA Sep 23, 2016 02:24pm

We give computers to Afghans and guns will automatically gets dropped.

ART KP Sep 23, 2016 02:34pm

The answer to this is for China and Pakistan to align their interest with Katmandu.

Independent Sep 23, 2016 02:39pm

Good going

Hari Sep 23, 2016 02:40pm

India is helping Afghans realise their potential by capacity building. Unlike other countries we don't give direct monetary/military help but help them learn how to do it themselves which will serve our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan in the long run.

warshah Sep 23, 2016 02:56pm

No one born with weapons in Hand. If, we will give afghan an opportunity, they will definitely come on track of development. Be +ve guys.

Satyameva Jayate Sep 23, 2016 03:05pm

A Welcome and Good and Meaningful step.

SB Sep 23, 2016 03:13pm

@Sarfaraz Ah. , Yes Tried hard find something on IP pipeline but got disappointed. Iran invested billions in vein. Pakistan can not afford to atognise Saudi Arabia..You know better

Gerry D'Cunha Sep 23, 2016 03:15pm

Trying to isolate Pakistan from south region

SHAHID MAHMOOD Sep 23, 2016 03:30pm

@zain Yes very well said . India and usa should take all the afghan refugees that Pakistan has been looking after since 1979. Why should Pakistan look after them. India and usa do it for Afghanistan now.

optimistic Sep 23, 2016 03:39pm

@Desi Dimag, India is not doing construction work in Afghanistan, rather India is doing destruction in Afghanistan and in the region in which she also falls.

Viki Sep 23, 2016 03:43pm

@Gaurav very nice gaurav

Farrukh Sep 23, 2016 03:44pm

As once Chanakya said, develop good relations with neighbors of your neighbor.

indian admirer Sep 23, 2016 03:51pm

Suddenly I am hearing a lot about Nepal from my neighbours. Dude what do you guys know about Nepal India relation. Our friendhip is such that forget visa, people from both countries don't even require passport to cross over. People to people interaction is such that you wont see a town in India where there are no nepali people. China can have some influence obviously being the other neighbour of Nepal and a communist ideologue of the newly formed communist regime but nepali and indian are same people with different looks.

Vikas Sep 23, 2016 03:58pm

@zain and When India is taking Afghani refugees?

We don't take refugees Zain, we pay for them for others to host them. We can afford to and help those nations which need the money. Just like if you can afford to hire a cook then why cook your own food?

Indian Sep 23, 2016 04:04pm

@KP Nepalese are working everywhere in India, even we have the Gorkha regiment with Nepali soldiers. Neither Nepalese nor Indians need visa or passport to cross to each other's country.

Iftikhar Husain Sep 23, 2016 04:14pm

Now USA is changing sides and helping India .

Amer Sep 23, 2016 04:20pm

Without a shame India's is part of this to malign Pakistan.

Faraz Sep 23, 2016 04:20pm

My Pakistani brothers do not be alarmed. US is just in a hurry to put this burden in India s lap and run out of Afghanistan. India probably has no idea what it is getting into but is happily being led towards yet another catastrophe; only that it's too happy to be America's blue eyed boy, a status which changes every few years depending on uncle Sam s mood and requirements

sidharth shankar Sep 23, 2016 04:19pm

@KP India is already aligned with Nepal. Haven't you noted the recent visit of the Nepali PM to India and have you not noted the fact that KP Oli, the last Nepali PM who tried to play the spoil sport at the behest of China has been ousted by none other than Mr. Prachanda, a known Maoist and a China sympathizer but he too could understand that the future of Nepal lies with India and not with China.

Faraz Sep 23, 2016 04:22pm

@Satya is nt india equally lucky to have Pakistan and China as it's neighbors :)

Ali jee Sep 23, 2016 04:23pm

India USA get out of Afghanistan

Faraz Sep 23, 2016 04:24pm

@Gaurav let US completely get out of Afghanistan and then India will know they have been the one driving in the wrong direction. Right now india would do anything to negate Pakistan mindlessly. After all, we have been at this game for years sir. U have only just arrived

Faraz Sep 23, 2016 04:26pm

@Being Indian yes we all saw India's friendship with China when you were blocked from entering the NSG. Yes that was China your friend

Faraz Sep 23, 2016 04:28pm

@Manish that's what your media tells you and you believe every word of it :)

Faraz Sep 23, 2016 04:28pm

@AHA why don't you first give computerus to your own country

Zealot Sep 23, 2016 04:38pm

Carry on you will fail at the end.....

Zamir Kiani USA Sep 23, 2016 04:53pm

Obama govt musy pressure Modi govt to set for Kashmir Referendum in exchange for access to Afghan govt.

Rest assured Nothing can go anyway without tge Champ!

Puthomadre, karachi Sep 23, 2016 04:57pm

It is getting interested.

Azhar Masood Sep 23, 2016 05:03pm

@Chinto "No Afghanistan without Pakistan." This attitude will make only Afghanistan, No Pakistan in future.

Frkh Sep 23, 2016 05:07pm

@POLO you are still dreaming. India US nexus will never foster peace in the region

Frkh Sep 23, 2016 05:10pm

@Merwais Khan can you write this down and the review your statement in 2017?

UD Sep 23, 2016 05:20pm

Where is Pakistan?

AXH Sep 23, 2016 05:46pm

The US and India are the root cause of the problem. They are trying to "reconfigure" the region to their liking but that will never succeed. They need to get out of AFG.

AXH Sep 23, 2016 05:45pm

@Desi Dimag - "It's good to see India is doing constructive work in Afghanistan." Yes, all Indians see sabotage and subversive work against Pakistan as "constructive".

Saurabh Sep 23, 2016 05:51pm

@sidharth shankar First comment about the recent developments on the India-Nepal relationship that tells the truth; KP Oli's disregard for the rights of Madhesis showed him and his cohorts up for the discriminatory and dehumanising nature of their politics. India's stand was an ethical one and with memories of the Lankan civil war still fresh it was also in India's national interest to prevent an escalation - for the yet young republic's political divides to develop major faultlines.

Sunny Sydney Sep 23, 2016 05:55pm

@ Zain when you support terrorism in Afghanistan than you are responsible for refugees also

Indian Sep 23, 2016 05:59pm

@KP

Why India doesn't align its interest with next door Nepal?

Read the news and you will know.

FYI, there is more news coming soon. You may not know but most of Indians who have joined Indian govt. site know the future news. Govt has emailed us about this. Wait and see!

ASH Sep 23, 2016 06:10pm

@zain All refugees will go back as Afghanistan starts developing its own economy. In few years, it will be stabilize, and will have more schools and universities.

Sher Khan Sep 23, 2016 06:12pm

@Raja Farhat Abbas , very funny.

MS Sep 23, 2016 06:50pm

We wonder in Pakistan what was US doing for last 15 yesrs if not aligning interest with Kabul?

arshad patel Sep 23, 2016 07:03pm

Very simple: If India really wants to help Afghanistan, start accepting 3million Afghan refugees who are strolling in Pakistan.

N_Saq Sep 23, 2016 07:04pm

Good luck. Amazing!!!

I thought by now all parties to the conflict realize that all roads to peace in Afghanistan goes through Islamabad, therefore, I will say it again that instead of playing games with Pak focus on the question of Pak security. If US can guarantee Pak security by kicking out all Indian agents from Afghan soil then it will automatically see all hands on deck from Pak otherwise the war will go on for another 15 years or more.

logic1 Sep 23, 2016 07:09pm

@arshad patel who said you keep!did India say?

Adnan 2 Sep 23, 2016 07:11pm

India should take Afghan refugee now. We don't need them. Thanks

Ali Sep 23, 2016 07:15pm

The US, India and Afghanistan align to deal with Afghanistan. Pakistan was left out. This is shocking failure of PM Nawaz Sharif's foreign policy and diplomacy. Pakistan as the front-line state fighting the global War on Terror, with 60,000 Pakistanis killed has suffered and sacrificed more than any other country in the world.

PM Nawaz Sharif should have taken leadership role. Instead, he failed as a leader contributing to world peace. He has betrayed the mandate given to him for wiping out terrorism and corruption, he failed in both. We demand accountability, not just for financial corruption but also failed leadership and policies.

Raunak Sep 23, 2016 07:16pm

@arshad patel ...Whatever it is, it is between India and Afghanistan,

Raikirai Sep 23, 2016 07:23pm

@indian admirer Afghanistan is a friend. Nepal is the brother.

Joe Sep 23, 2016 07:28pm

@ART KP Slight problem brother, Nepal is 96%Hindu dominant country

Adv Waqas Sep 23, 2016 07:32pm

@Being Indian Foreign relations are formed on interests. Your so-called biggest democracy could not hold a plebiscite in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

You played havoc with Srilanka. You are interfering in internal matters of Nepal. You have hijacked the politics of Bangladesh. Why did you not condemned the persecution of so-called war crime offender of Bangladesh? You have constantly been interfering in Pakistan internal matters.

stargazer Sep 23, 2016 07:33pm

No problem. Pakistan to align with China and Iran, a much better combination

Pakistani Sep 23, 2016 07:38pm

All these efforts by India has resulted in Pakistanis uniting with their military. Bring it on!!!!

Ahmed Sep 23, 2016 07:37pm

India, please take couple of million afghan refugees too. Don't you want to help them!

Ghaznavi Sep 23, 2016 07:44pm

@zain "and When India is taking Afghani refugees?" India have never taken Afghan refugees

Abcd Sep 23, 2016 07:50pm

Very good, now let us send all the afghan refugees to India.

Mustafa R. Sep 23, 2016 07:50pm

Afghanistan is the graveyard of superpowers

hopeful Sep 23, 2016 07:56pm

Good luck to all of them. Now leave us in peace and let us work with all weather friends to define our destiny - bye bye

Monika Sep 23, 2016 07:56pm

@zain they dont need to. India will make their country so stable that they wont need refuge anywhere.

Sudhakar USA Sep 23, 2016 07:56pm

@Adv Waqas : http://www.deccanchronicle.com/world/asia/230916/sri-lanka-supports-indias-sagarmala-project-wickremesinghe.html

Educate yourself.

Merchant Sep 23, 2016 07:57pm

@POLO but why Afghnistan if all the countries. It is simply to open another front against Pakistan. The presence of 27 Indian consulates in Afghanistan has to be justified.

bharat Sep 23, 2016 08:11pm

@zain

Anytime and every Afghan is welcome. They will be respected unlike how they are treated in Pakistan.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Sep 23, 2016 08:22pm

What a silly joke?

Ahsan Gul Sep 23, 2016 08:27pm

But how these three will control Talibans who have their own philosophy and religious ideology? Afghan government is full of corrupt people and USA knows very well. But it is a game for USA to experiment with India and Afghnees.

KP Sep 23, 2016 08:26pm

@bharat do it quick please.

s.khan Sep 23, 2016 08:33pm

New York Times editorial recently termed American policy in Afghanistan as failure. No matter how many meetings are held and how many statements are made by Obama Administration it is still a failed policy. Most Americans want the troops back home and forget Afghanistan.

s.khan Sep 23, 2016 08:34pm

@zain They have taken Abdullah Abdullah 's family. He is a co-leader of Afghanistan.

Ahmed Saeed Sep 23, 2016 09:00pm

@Merwais Khan It is not 1979 buddy. You were here 3 million and now 21 million. Please correct your stats

POLO Sep 23, 2016 08:58pm

@Frkh Pakistan and Iran should also join India, Afghanistan and US to eliminate all terrorist groups completely. Never lose hope, One day peace and prosperity will prevail in the region.

Sheikh reyaz Ahmed Sep 23, 2016 09:17pm

@Being Indian, We have seen the ugly face of your democracy in Kashmir.

Fiz Sep 23, 2016 09:53pm

All for selfish motive. Watch out Afghanistan!

sana-1 Sep 23, 2016 10:12pm

At last US got India on their track!

I was always so jealous of India.... why did we got US and not India? but as the leadership changed so did the ways and the time has started to show who is on the right path!

Lastly, we are already closing our doors with Afghanistan, so if India wants to do something then they should hurry up ...

Safdar Sep 23, 2016 10:42pm

Consequently - Iran, Pakistan and China should align their interests...

SB Sep 23, 2016 10:53pm

@Sheikh reyaz Ahmed , democracy is strong even in JK. 67% voter turnout in last assembly election. Compare it with Pakistan data. I remeber Mussaraf polled 90% in one of the election under military government

Sachin Sep 23, 2016 11:16pm

India should invite Pakistan with full respect and honor to contribute to stability in Afghanistan.

awais aziz Sep 23, 2016 11:19pm

Pakistan sincerely wants peace in its immediate neighbourhood. Wholistic peace in Afghanistan is rooted in Pakistan not India. Afghanistan must not make the mistake which Pakistan made in early 50s by aligning itself with distant countries. It must realise that geographical proximity has to be the foremost consideration for nascent states to align their foreign policies. Any attempt to circumvent this is frought with danger.

adil Sep 24, 2016 12:14am

@Gerry D It is not about Pakistan. It is about supporting a neighbor who wants to be helped.

aj Sep 24, 2016 01:01am

It is an unwise and a disastrous mannouver. Just watch. In my opinion this will create more hostility and frictionion between to rivals and Afghanistan being played like a puppet Dangerous, dnagerous and fatal. Let local take care of it. No one in the history could bring any solution to this area's problems, so do not attempt to undo what can not be undone for centuries

Trollslayer Sep 24, 2016 03:09am

Sad to see so many negative comments by Pakistanis. What happened to all the talk of Ummah, brotherhood and humanity.

Aligning interests that serve humanity is a win win situation for all, especially Afghanistan, which has suffered the consequences of war for almost forty years.

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S. A Sep 24, 2016 03:24am

@Abdul Majeed "You forgot to mention Iran and China" I'm sure he well remembered that is why he did not include as these two belong to a different league and now Russia is too a part of that.

Busy Sep 24, 2016 05:24am

@Satya .Yes it's lucky,and charges transit fees from both,besides it also charges transit fees for US goods transported from Karachi to Afghanistan, and soon the transit fees generated from CPEC will be highly supportive to tilt balance of payments in favour.

Rana Sep 24, 2016 08:32am

@Sarfaraz Ah. : To send oil and gas to china by using Pakistan road.Iran is in desperate need of FDI and they are not going yo invest in Pak for sure.