NewDelhi, 26th September: India on Tuesday ruled out deploying its troops in Afghanistan but will expand its development activities to help stabilize the war-torn country.
“There shall not be any (Indian) boots on the ground in Afghanistan,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters after talks with visiting US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis here.
She said there was a growing convergence between India and the US over the issue of terrorism in the region and condemnation of those who use terror as an instrument of state policy.
While focusing on growing tensions between Pakistan and China Sitharaman said, “The situation in our neighbourhood and growing menace of cross-border terrorism were discussed in-depth.”
Attending the delegation talk between the two countries defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that cooperation in defence equipment grew steadily over past years.US is now a leading state-of-the art defence equip supplier to India.
She also said India-US share strong&vibrant strategic partnership as world’s largest democracies also share fundamental values & interests
All these development in Indo-Afghan international policy came during US defence secretary’s James Mattis’s visit to India.
In delegation talks between India and America the US Def Secy James Mattis said that America appreciates India’s leadership in the Indian Ocean& seek to work together to build a resilient regional architecture.
Meanwhile talking about India’s interference in Afghanistan James Mattis said, “We value India’s invaluable contribution to Afghanistan and welcome further efforts to promote Afghanistan’s democracy,safety & security.”
Our two countries recognise the threat that global terrorism poses to people throughout the world,there can be no tolerance of terror safe havens, as global leaders India-US resolve to work together to eradicate this scourge, he added.
US Defence Secretary JamesMattis also laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.