US supports India's constructive role in Afghanistan


Asserting that the United States and India share a vision of a secure, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, the Obama Administration has said it strongly supports the constructive role being played by New Delhi in the war-torn country's ongoing development.

During the just concluded tri-lateral dialogue involving India and Afghanistan in New Delhi yesterday, the US expressed particular appreciation for the former's leading role in developing regional trade and investment.

"The US side expressed particular appreciation for India's leading role in helping to advance opportunities for regional trade and investment and noted our shared interest in advancing the New Silk Road vision of connectivity between South and Central Asia with Afghanistan at its core," a State Department spokesperson told PTI on the conclusion of the tri-lateral dialogue in New Delhi.

Officials from the three countries, the spokesperson said, held in-depth consultations on issues ranging from political and security spheres to trade, commerce and investment."The United States and India share a vision of a secure, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan. We strongly support the constructive role that India plays in Afghanistan's ongoing development," he said. The US delegation was led by the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake. The US delegation also included the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dan Feldman, for the trilateral mdialogue.

This meeting follows the inaugural trilateral consultations held at the Afghan Mission in New York City on September 25, 2012.

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