Trump mocks India's Modi for library in Afghanistan

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Analysts say Trump tries to make commercial sense of "strategic investments" and is trying to downplay the soft power of foreign policy.

The Afghan "black hole" seems to have sucked America's resources as well as its will. But Trump's knowledge of historical facts surrounding the Afghan conflict is as profound as his reading habits.

Many Afghan citizens also ridiculed Trump's comments, saying "India is fighting terrorism in Afghanistan by eliminating poverty and providing education to its youth".

Trump: "You do have terrorists, mostly Taliban, but ISIS".

"India plays a significant role as a development partner in Afghanistan, with projects aimed at achieving a tangible improvement in the lives of its people", said a statement by a government official. Trump's assessment is dangerously delusional.

He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Fox News. India's list of achievements go much beyond constructing a library in the war-ravaged country. "It is Pakistan's genuine desire that peace returns to Afghanistan allowing the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and beginning of an era of prosperity and normalcy in the region", he said.

"Hope our Government responds firmly and reminds America that since 2004, India has built extensive roads, dams in Afghanistan and pledged over $3 billion in assistance", he added.

The parliament house, on the outskirts of Kabul, was built by an Indian private company under the oversight of the Public Works Department (PWD) of India for an estimated $90 million. "In instances where we may not have that amount of time, we are prepared for all scenarios as well". Responsibility also lies on Taliban that they should give guaranty to the stakeholders that all minorities in Afghanistan would remain unharmed and there would remain ceasefire till the conclusion of peace talks, he added. Mr. Mattis had pushed most strenuously to keep India in the Afghan game by swinging a waiver for India on Chabahar and Iran oil purchases. Trump's rumblings provide an opportunity to learn many lessons.

But analyst Kugelman said India would need to shrug off incidents like these "in service of a partnership that both Washington and Delhi are keen to deepen".

"I say this, India".

But Trump's delusion that Pakistan can contribute positively is perhaps the most glaring idea.

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump addressed his planned withdrawal of USA troops from Syria, which he abruptly announced a couple weeks back.

Military, financial, logistical and receiving intelligence support from Pakistan. I think it was water, we were just paying to Pakistan. "And, it will stand as an enduring symbol of the ties of emotions and values, of affection and aspirations that bind us in a special relationship". He said that at present, the writ of Afghan government is at historic low, adding that Taliban in Afghanistan have control over 70 percent of the total territory which pushed the stakeholders, especially the U.S., to talk and negotiate.

Policies pursued by Trump continue to play havoc with global politics, and India has no option but to factor it into its own geopolitical calculus.

Trump brought up India's aid during a rambling press appearance at a cabinet meeting as he defended his push for the United States to invest less overseas.

Taliban and families on the other hand have been living in Pakistan for a decade which is another reason to stay loyal to Pakistan over Afghanistan for personal and family's safety. He also criticised India and others for not doing enough for the land-locked nation's security.

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