Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump mocks Indian PM Modi for building a library in Afghanistan

Trump mocks Indian PM Modi for building a library in Afghanistan

"I could give you an example where I get along very well with India and Prime Minister Modi". They said that coupled with the Trump administration's efforts of reconciliation with the Taliban, the emerging situation would work to India's disadvantage.

"You know what that is?" "That's like five hours of what we spend (in Afghanistan)". We are supposed to say, oh thank you for the library.

And, by the way, I am not opposed to a withdrawal from Afghanistan, but this is very much ranging into broken clocks getting the time right twice a day or blind squirrels finding nuts.

Last month, US President Donald Trump announced that he had directed to bring back half of the 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan, even as the 17-year-old war continues and the Taliban threaten large parts of the landlocked country.

The cricketer turned politician had said in January last year that meeting US President Trump would be a "bitter pill" to swallow should he become Pakistan's prime minister in elections later that year, but added "I would meet him".

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Tens of thousands of Australian soldiers have served in the Middle East since 2001, with about 800 still deployed in Iraq. The US recently asked Pakistan to help bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiation table.

Currently, the bulk of the US presence in Afghanistan is dedicated to advising and training Afghan security forces to be able to operate without American assistance, but the fledgling force remains inexperienced in complex warfighting skills, such as combat aviation, combined arms operations and logistical support, military officials say. The major projects, which India has cited publicly, are construction of Afghan parliament building, restoration of Stor palace, hydropower dam, roads, transmission and capacity building programs. "We want to help other nations". "A lot of people don't know it, because they haven't been fair to us".

US military officials maintain that the Pentagon has received no official orders or guidance on withdrawal plans, despite reports Trump wants a plan to cut the number of troops in Afghanistan by half. We are talking to the Taliban. India is there. Russian Federation is there. "The problem is it was a tough fight", Trump said. So you take a look at other countries--Pakistan is there.

In his first cabinet meeting in the new year Wednesday, Trump asked India, Russia, Pakistan and other neighbouring countries to take responsibility for Afghanistan's security as he defended his push for the USA to invest less overseas. They were right to be there. Pakistan is there. They should be fighting.

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