Washington DC: United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday (local time) mocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt to fund a library in war-torn Afghanistan. Trump apparently suggested that nobody would use the library and the funding was a vain attempt. During a recent Cabinet meeting, President Trump stated that he got along well with Prime Minister Modi. However, Trump added that Modi was “constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan.”
“You know what that is? That’s like five hours of what we spend, and we are supposed to say, ‘Oh, thank you for the library.’ I don’t know who is using it in Afghanistan,” stated the US President. “And he (Modi) tells me. He is very smart. We are supposed to say, oh thank you for the library. Don’t know who’s using it (the library) in Afghanistan. But it’s one of those things. I don’t like being taken advantage of,” added Trump.
Last month, Trump administration had ordered the withdrawal of around 7,000 troops from Afghanistan. The Afghan war has cost billions of dollars to the US, claimed Trump. While Afghan authorities requested the US to not withdraw troops, Trump claimed that the US had defeated the Taliban and ISIS-like elements.
India, on the other hand, is extending support to Afghanistan’s nation-building effort. Later in the week, Afghan National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib is expected to visit India to discuss security ties between New Delhi and Kabul. India has also provided security and military training to a large number of its citizens in both India and Afghanistan. Recently, a batch of Afghan women also completed their training at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai.
(With Agency inputs)