Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

US President Trump again mocks PM Modi

US President Trump again mocks PM Modi

The Trump administration announced early a year ago that it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan over differences on Afghanistan but indicated that training programmes for military officers will continue.

It has committed about $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since US-led forces toppled the Taliban regime after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"I get along very well with India and Prime Minister Modi but he's constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan".

"Senior administration officials said that the president has been known to affect an Indian accent and imitate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in an Oval Office meeting past year told him, "Never has a country given so much away for so little in return" as the United States in Afghanistan", said the Washington Post report.

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"They want our help to establish peace in Afghanistan and use whatever influence that we have over the [Afghan] Taliban", he had said.

Pakistan has played a key role in starting peace talks with the Afghan Taliban held recently in UAE. "You know, a lot of these places you're reading about now are no longer part of Russian Federation, because of Afghanistan".

Moscow's invasion has been cited as one of the contributing factors to the Soviet Union's collapse.

The US president took a jibe at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over boasting about New Delhi's efforts in Afghanistan. "So, I ended that", he told his cabinet during a meeting. "And we're supposed to say, 'Oh, thank you for the library.' I don't know who's using it in Afghanistan".

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The U.S. Army from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan commando forces man a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on July 7, 2018. Responding to Donald Trump, India said that developmental assistance to the war-ravaged country can help in transforming lives. However, contrary to Mr. Trump's claims, Russian Federation was in Afghanistan to spread communism, not fight terrorists.

"India's position on Afghanistan has been consistent, principle-driven and strategically sound while the U.S. flip-flops have affected the Af-Pak region and even West Asia. India does not send its armed forces overseas except under the specific mandate of UN Peacekeeping Operations", said a source speaking on condition of anonymity. "We are talking to a lot of different people".

His understanding of Soviet motivations towards Afghanistan (the invasion wasn't about terrorism) as well as the effects of that invasion on the USSR are simplistic, and not even really correct. "They were right to be there", he said.

An intelligence official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity said: "He actually wants Pakistan back in there, in the fighting?"

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The Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 to support the communist government in Kabul.

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