The US Defense Secretary says Washington and New Delhi share concerns over Pakistan-based militant groups
Mattis Says 40 Years Of War Enough For Afghanistan
The US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday met with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman at the Pentagon.
In an address to reporters ahead of this meeting, Mattis said they are looking for every responsible nation to support peace in the subcontinent.
“In Afghanistan, it’s gone on now it’s approaching 40 years; 40 years is enough and it’s time for everyone to get on board, support the United Nations, support Prime Minister Modi, support President Ghani and all those who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here. So, we are on that track,” Mattis said.
He said they will leave no stone unturned to protect the Afghan people.
Mattis said that US and India share concerns over Pakistan-based anti-Western and anti-Indian Islamist militant groups.
“The presence of US troops in Afghanistan has also heightened US sensitivity to the rivalry between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Washington and New Delhi share concerns over Pakistan-based anti-Western and anti-Indian Islamist militant groups,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sitharaman described earlier talks between the two countries as “very positive and productive,” and welcomed the opportunity to continue the “dialogue and partnership between our two countries”.
The remarks by the US Defense Secretary come at a time that the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad this week started his multi-nation tour for the Afghan peace.