India has a major role in Afghanistan: US

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Richard Holbrooke
New Delhi, Jul 23: United States on Thursday, Jul 22 ascertained that India has a major role to play 'in search for solutions' in Afghanistan, the strife-torn country. US also acknowledged Pakistan as a 'concerned and legitimate partner' in Afghanistan.

Richard Holbrooke, the Special Envoy for Afghanistan agreed with India's perception of fusing of terrorist organisations in the region and ruled out the chances for the Haqqani network in the search for peace in Afghanistan.

He said that Afghanistan was not a zero sum game between Pakistan and India and thinks that better rapports with both countries would help to dissipate that impression. He added that Pakistan is not going to take over Afghanistan, nor is Taliban but every country in the region has to be part of the solution.

“It is for India to decide what it wants its role in Afghanistan to be. The U.S. will back any efforts for better relations between India and Pakistan," he said.

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