QUICK READ: In his Afghanistan policy address, Trump actually laid down South Asia policy

US President Donald Trump’s much-awaited televised speech on the 21st of August was supposed to lay down his administration’s Afghanistan policy. However, what really transpired eventually from his speech was his administration’s South Asia policy.

He largely denounced Pakistan for harboring militants.

We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting.”

“No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target US service members and officials.”

He called on India to step up its efforts in the region, including Afghanistan.

“The US will further develop its strategic partnership with India.”

 

Trump’s policy ruled out any scope for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

“A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum for terrorists, including ISIS and Al Qaeda.”

 

Barack Obama too embraced India during his two terms in White House and largely denigrated Pakistan. He was the first ever US president to visit India twice, while he never visited Pakistan in his two terms.

It seems Trump administration does not want to alter anything that its predecessor, under Barack Obama, took on with regard to South Asia; rather, it seems the Trump administration is willing to intensify them.

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