Hamid Karzai Defends Trump’s Dig About India’s Role in Afghanistan

While Indians had taken umbrage at US President Donald Trump’s dig at New Delhi not doing enough in Afghanistan, former president Hamid Karzai has defended him by saying that Trump was simply referring to what Afghans want: a larger role for India in the region.

Last week, Trump spoke about how he was peeved at the US being taken advantage of by its allies, who, he said, only made token contributions in overseas conflict zones.

The example, he cited, was of India. He claimed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told him that India had built a “library” in Afghanistan. Taking a swipe, Trump asked whether Modi expected him to say “Oh, thank you for the library”, even though the cost was just a “five hours of what we spend”.

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