The United States said Thursday it supported India's continued participation in Afghanistan, even when President Donald Trump seeks to withdraw troops.
India is one of the most enthusiastic sponsors of the government of Afghanistan, contributing more than $ 3 billion since the US-led invasion in 2001 overthrew the Taliban, which housed anti-Indian virulent militants.
"The United States welcomes India's significant investment and assistance in Afghanistan," said Nancy Izzo Jackson, a State Department official in charge of Afghanistan.
"And we will continue to support efforts to achieve an honorable and lasting result in Afghanistan that conserves our investment in the future of Afghanistan," he said at a conference on India's role in Afghanistan at the Hudson Institute.
India built the new building of the Parliament of Afghanistan and has also courted the Afghans with its soft power, including Bollywood films.
But India's participation in Afghanistan has been a source of dismay for Pakistan.
Earlier this year, the United States reached an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and end the longest war in the United States.
But Trump said in September that he withdrew an invitation to insurgents to meet near Washington due to the murder of a US soldier.
The talks between the United States and the Taliban were facilitated by Pakistan, and Prime Minister Imran Khan had lamented earlier this year that the peace agreement that was about to be signed had collapsed.
On Thursday, President Trump in a telephone conversation thanked Prime Minister Imran for Pakistan's efforts to facilitate the release of two Western hostages by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Indian ambassador to Washington, said any agreement in Afghanistan must ensure that "there is no place for any terrorist element to create a foothold."
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