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Americans not leaving the region: Biden

Americans not leaving the region: Biden

Jul 24, 2013 - 21:40

MUMBAI (PANinfo-icon): India and America are cooperating closely for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconstructioninfo-icon process in the war-ravaged country, US Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Bombay Stock Exchange on the US-India Partnership, Biden said: "America and India are cooperating closely in Afghanistaninfo-icon. It’s been the subject of many of my discussions thus far with your leadership."

Currently on a visit to India along with his spouse, he said: "I know there are questions about the US position on reconciliation with the Talibaninfo-icon. I want to be clear:”

He added the US had always been committed to an Afghan-led process that met three outcomes: The Taliban must break with Al Qaeda permanently; stop violence; accept the Afghan constitution and guarantee treatment for womeninfo-icon.

Biden acknowledged India had exercised responsible leadership in Afghanistan through assistance, investment and strategic agreements with the government in Kabulinfo-icon.

"The United States is committed to supporting Afghanistan through our Strategic Partnership (Agreement) after the transition is complete at the end of 2014…We are not leaving the region –- even as Afghanis step up and take responsibility."



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