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India played a constructive role in Afghanistan, helped maintain stability, says US

The United States on Monday said that India had played a constructive role in Afghanistan by providing assistance in training and improving infrastructure in the region.

“Clearly, that kind of work, that kind of effort to help Afghanistan, you know, maintain stability and good governance, is always welcome,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said at a press briefing.

Kirby said the US was deeply concerned about the present security situation in Afghanistan. Kirby was referring to the escalation of the violence by the Taliban after US President Joe Biden’s announcement in April about the withdrawal of troops from the country.

The Taliban has taken control of several cities in Afghanistan. On Sunday, it captured Kunduz, Sar-e-Pol and Taloqan – all provincial capitals in the northern region.

Despite the Taliban making advances in Afghanistan, the US indicated that it has no plans to increase airstrikes in country, AP reported.

“When we look back, it’s going to come down to leadership and what leadership was demonstrated, or not [by Afghans],” Kirby said. “It’s their country to defend now. It’s their struggle.”

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