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Trump mocks PM Modi for funding library in Afghanistan

January 4, 2019

United States president Donald Trump has poked fun at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan. At a cabinet meeting President Trump said that it was of no use.

Trump said he was unhappy with India's policy of contributing to the peace process in Afghanistan. He said he wanted the regional countries, including India, Russia and Pakistan to fight the Taliban instead.

Why is not Russia there? Why isn't India there? Why isn't Pakistan there? Why are we there? We are 6,000 miles away. But I don't mind. We want to help our people. We want to help other nations. - President Donald Trump, United States

India has committed US$3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since the United States and its allied forces overthrew the Taliban regime after the 2001 terror attacks.

Trump referred to his friendly terms with Prime Minister Modi, but was critical of the library funded by India in Afghanistan.

"I could give you an example where I get along very well with India and Prime Minister Modi. But he is constantly telling me, he built a library in Afghanistan. Library! That's like five hours of what we spend in Afghanistan," Trump said.

India has committed to building a high school in Kabul and scholarships to India for 1,000 Afghan students every year. PM Modi has also committed to programs that empower Afghan youth with education and professional skills.

India responded saying developmental help can be critical to transforming Afghanistan. "India firmly believes in the critical role that developmental assistance can play in transforming human lives," said government sources.

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