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Written by Shubhajit Roy
| New Delhi |
Published: September 9, 2018 2:21:09 am
Indian PM Narendra Modi (left) and US President Donald Trump.But, this week, when US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and US Defence Secretary James Mattis met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence M, sources said the US request for troops was not reiterated.
Speaking with reporters prior to his arrival in Kabul, Mattis said he was hopeful about peace talks with the Taliban, despite the questions over Washington’s strategy in Afghanistan.“Right now, we have more indications that reconciliation is no longer just a shimmer out there, no longer just a mirage,” Mattis said.
The Islamic State in Afghanistan, which claims allegiance to the global terrorist group, is largely made up of former Pakistani and Afghan Taliban.“As President Ghani emphasized in his statement to the Afghan people, peace talks by necessity would include a discussion of the role of international actors and forces,” Mr.
June 13, 2018Afghan cricket player, Rashid Khan (R), captain Asghar Stanikzai (C) and teammates during an event to celebrate the Afghan national team qualification to the 2019 cricket World Cup in Kabul in March.CreditWakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesDEHRADUN, India — On Thursday, Afghanistan’s national cricket team will play India in a Test match, a form of the game — taking place over five seven-hour days — reserved for a select group of nations.