'India committed towards Afghanistan's reconstruction, development': MEA
Welcoming US President Donald Trump's statement on Afghanistan, the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said India is committed to supporting Afghanistan in their efforts to bring peace and stability in the country.
Trump had earlier slammed Pakistan for providing safe haven to the terrorists and urged India to do more to help Afghanistan.
The MEA, in a statement, said India shares US' concerns and objectives, adding that New Delhi has always been steadfast in extending reconstruction and development assistance to Afghanistan.
"We welcome President Trump's determination to enhance efforts to overcome 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," the statement said.
"We are committed to supporting government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity in their country," it added.
Afghanistan Envoy to US Hamdullah Mohib earlier on Tuesday welcomed US President's new policy towards Afghanistan and for breaking silence on Pakistan's shelter of terrorists.
"We welcome this decision, which is the result of intense deliberations and takes into account about our countries' needs and considerations," Mohib said in a statement.
Donald Trump has announced he will prolong the US military intervention in Afghanistan, which he had once described as a "complete waste".
Trump acknowledged that his "instincts" told him to pull out troops from Afghanistan.
"Historically, I like following my instincts," Trump said. "A hasty withdrawal," Trump said, would create a "vacuum" for terrorists.
He also said that a hasty exit would create a vacuum which ISIS and al-Qaeda would instantly like to fill as it happened before 9/11