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Donald Trump seeks help from India to restore stability in Afghanistan; lambasts Pakistan for harbouring terrorism
A day after US President Donald Trump sought assistance from India in restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, the government of India expressed its commitment to support the United States as well as the Afghan government over the issue of development in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also welcomed USA's new policy on Afghanistan as well as Trump's statement that targeted Pakistan for harbouring terrorists. The MEA statement also added that India shares the same concerns.

MEA Spokesperson, Ravish Kumar on Tuesday told the news agency PTI, "We welcome President Trump's determination to enhance efforts to overcome the challenges facing Afghanistan and confronting issues of safe havens and other forms of cross-border support enjoyed by terrorists. India shares these concerns and objectives."

Kumar further said, "We are committed to supporting the Government and the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity in their country. We have been steadfast in extending reconstruction and development assistance to Afghanistan in keeping with our traditional friendship with its people. We will continue these efforts, including in partnership with other countries."

Earlier on Monday night, Trump had sought India's help in view of maintaining the stability in Afghanistan and further said, "...India makes billions of dollars in trade from the United States, and we want them to help us in the war with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development."

Speaking about Pakistan over the issue of terrorism, he said that the US must change its approach on how to deal with Pakistan. He also criticised Pakistan for fostering and protecting terrorists who affect the security & stability of the entire South-Asian region.

Meanwhile, the US President clearly said that Pakistan provides 'safe havens for terrorists', adding that there were 20 US-designated foreign terrorist organisations active in Pakistan and Afghanistan. "For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror," he said.

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