India has "constructive" role in Afghanistan: US
State Department spokesman Mark Toner asserted that the situation in South Asia was not a zero-sum game.
Washington: Brushing aside Pakistan`s
reservations, the US has said it views India`s role in
Afghanistan as "constructive" and wants all the three nations
to pull in the same direction for the war-torn country`s
State Department spokesman Mark Toner asserted that the
situation in South Asia was not a zero-sum game.
"We need good, solid, constructive relations between all
the countries of that region, all of them pulling in the same
direction so that all countries can reap the economic benefits
that good, sound relations will yield.
But also it`s important to emphasise that there`s this
is not a zero-sum game. We need all the countries of the
region to work productively to harness the economic potential
of that region," Toner said yesterday when asked to comment on
India`s strategic partnership with Afghanistan.
Afghanistan`s President Hamid Karzai was in India, and
he forged a strategic partnership with it and signed a bunch
of economic agreements with New Delhi.
The US views "building of relations between these
countries of the region we view as constructive," he said.
When asked whether US has any role in agreements inked
between India and Afghanistan, he said, "I don`t have
specifics on any role we might have played...We`re trying to
promote a more constructive dialogue between these countries
in the region. Again, it`s not a zero-sum game. It`s important
that they all pull in the same direction.