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Pentagon welcomes Indian decision to train Afghan forces

Pentagon welcomes Indian decision to train Afghan forces

Oct 08, 2011 - 11:32

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Pentagon welcomed on Friday the New Delhi’s decision to train Afghan security personnel and supported their military role in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a top US official said.

The Indian military assistance was helpful for Afghanistan and region. Both countries wanted to continue such cooperation for the security of the country, Pentagon spokesman, Capt. John Kirby, told reporters during an off-camera meeting on Friday.

“For our part, the coalition part, the training mission is critical to the success of the strategy and we believe that it is being resourced appropriately from the alliance, NATOinfo-icon and other coalition partners of the US. One of those regional partners of course is India,” he said in response to a question.

“India has a training presence inside Afghanistan and has for a quite some time. Obviously President Hamid Karzai finds that very helpful,” he said.

Everybody in the region stood to benefit from a secure and stable Afghanistan. The degree, to which Karzai wanted to continue the country’s relationship with India, was certainly his decision, he said.

“We certainly support that to improve security there. It is not just about Afghanistan. It is a regional issue. India has been helpful in the past, helping train the ANSFinfo-icon,” he said.

Meanwhile, the White House said that the US had achieved both success and failure in Afghanistan.

 “The fact that the effort in Afghanistan is difficult, that there are setbacks as well as successes is also not something we would dispute. It is the truth,” the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters at his daily news conference.

“The principal goal was to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat al-Qaida. I don't think there's any dispute that we have had some success in achieving that goal, although there is work still to be done,” he said.

The goal of the Obama Administration, he said, has been to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al-Qaida. “By any standard the President has had substantial success in the number-one objective of his policy and strategy,” he said.

“We are enormously grateful for the sacrifice and the patriotism and the remarkable skill of our men and womeninfo-icon in uniform and what they've been able to do in Afghanistan as well as Iraq and elsewhere around the worldinfo-icon,” he said.




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