India rules out deploying troops in Afghanistan

"We appreciate India's important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development", Trump has said, underlining India's role in Afghanistan and the need to do much more.

"India will expand development activities, but there will be no boots on the ground in Afghanistan", she said.

India on Tuesday put a damper on requests from US Defense Secretary James Mattis for "further efforts to promote Afghanistan's democracy, stability and security".

This will be the first visit by a top USA official to India following the announcement of the new Us strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

The two-day visit starting Tuesday aims at strengthening defence partnership between the two nations as US President Donald Trump envisions a stronger role for India in the Asian region. The talks focused on deals that involve the transfer of technology, with New Delhi pressing Washington to share technology and wanting to manufacture its own fighter jets.

"The relationship we are building with India is not to the exclusion of other countries", Mattis told reporters.

New Delhi has already invested more than $2 billion in economic aid to Afghanistan and has agreed to provide additional support to the Afghan security forces.

I congratulate India for the great work done in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary James Mattis said.

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Nonetheless, training of the Afghan National Army and supply of more hardware and weapons platforms to the Afghan security forces by India can not be ruled out.

"For its part Pakistan often gives safe havens to agents of chaos, violence and terror", Trump said.

Mattis' visit is meant to underscore the United States commitment to India as a strategic partner.

The U.S. sees India as a counterweight to the rising influence of China, and hopes to persuade New Delhi to become more involved in bringing stability to Afghanistan.

Both sides are also expected to discuss and broader the scope of Defence Technology Trade Initiative (DTTI).

The two defense ministers also discussed defense deals with India, one of the world's biggest defense equipment buyers.

A statement released by Mr Mattis after the meeting said, "There can be no tolerance of terrorist safe havens..."

  • Sonia Alvarado