US appreciates India’s generosity towards Afghanistan

India has pledged one billion to help Afghanistan build in spheres of education, health, agriculture, skill development, empowerment of women, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:September 16, 2016 4:13 pm
India, US, India US relations, Afghanistan, India aid to Afghanistan, India and Afghanistan Trade, India Cooperation with Afghanisthan, India Aghanistan policies, India Afghanistan political relations, India Afghanistan strategic relations, India news, Latest news, National news Deputy Spokesperson of US State Department, Mark C Toner said that US is appreciative of the fact that India is willing to invest in that future of Afghanistan. (File)

Appreciating India’s generosity, the US has welcomed USD one billion aid by New Delhi to help war-torn Afghanistan become a stronger country with a capacity to defend itself and provide security to its people.

“We obviously support India’s generosity and focus on Afghanistan and willingness to help Afghanistan become a stronger, independent country that has the stronger economic growth, certainly, and also has the capacity to defend itself and provide security to its people,” State Department Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Thursday.

He was responding to a question on the pledge made by India this week to allocate USD one billion for Afghanistan’s capability building in spheres such as education, health, agriculture, skill development, empowerment of women, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions.

“The fact that India is willing to invest in that future (of Afghanistan), we view it as a very positive sign and we appreciate India’s effort,” Toner said.

India has emerged as one of the largest donors of civilian aid to Afghanistan.