India likely to continue supporting Afghanistan despite US drawdown: Pentagon

India likely to continue supporting Afghanistan despite US drawdown: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: India is likely to continue supporting Afghanistan with its financial and other assistance despite the US’ troop withdrawal to limit the Taliban, Pakistani and Chinese influence, the Pentagon has told the Congress.

In its latest report to the Congress on Friday, the Pentagon said a significant deterioration of security conditions in Afghanistan, however, may adversely affect the ability of India to provide aid to the war-torn country.

With USD 3 billion in aid since 2001, India remains the largest regional donor to Afghanistan, the report said.

“In the event of a US drawdown in Afghanistan, India likely will attempt to continue its support to Afghanistan and try to limit Taliban, Pakistani, and Chinese influence,” the Pentagon said.

India desires a stable Afghanistan that does not harbor terrorists who could target Indian interests and does not have close ties with Pakistan, it said.

“There are no reports indicating that India has taken any serious action during the reporting period that would affect the situation in Afghanistan,” the Pentagon said.

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