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Thursday 3 January 2019

Trump Laughs at Indian-Funded Library in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON (Pajhwok Afghan News) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday laughed at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, suggesting it was of no use.

“I get along very well with Prime Minister Modi. But he is constantly telling me he has built a library in Afghanistan. Library! That’s like five hours of what we spend [in Afghanistan]”, he told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

“He is very smart. We are supposed to say, oh thank you for the library. Don’t know who’s using it [the library] in Afghanistan. But it’s one of those things. I don’t like being taken advantage of”, the president added.

Other countries, for a long period of time, had contributed some soldiers to the US mission in Afghanistan and then talked about it like it was the end of the world, the US leader added.

“And we are subsidizing their military by billions and billions and billions of dollars, many, many, many times, what those soldiers costs that country”, Trump remarked.

When specifically asked if India’s role in Afghanistan was going to be security-related, he did not give a direct answer: “We are going to be doing something that is right. We are talking to the Taliban. We are talking to a lot of different people.”

India has committed $3 bln in assistance to Afghanistan since US-led forces overthrew the Taliban regime after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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