WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Describing terrorism as a regional challenge, the Obama administration’s point person for South and Central Asia has said it would be helpful for India, Afghanistan to come together in the fight against the scourge.
“Absolutely,” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview when asked if it would helpful for India Pakistan and Afghanistan coming together and talking on terrorism.
She added: “I think, the path to peace is ultimately through greater dialogue on creating some common understanding and common approaches. It is not the easiest path though.
It would be a win-win situation for all if the three countries were able to reach common definitions, understating and approaches of what actions each must take to secure borders and stop non-state actors from operating within borders, Biswal remarked.
“I think that’s an important initiative that the three countries can take. It is certainly something we value and would support,” said the official.
Recognising the important role that India was playing in supporting stability in Afghanistan and prosperity for the people, Biswal said Delhi’s assistance had been an important component.
“We are increasingly engaging India in discussing the broad contours of policy and how to support more stable outcomes for the Afghan people, work with the Afghan government,” she said.
The US acknowledged India had long-term interests in that region, she said, adding also recognised there were a lot of complexities there.
“As we have sought to work with Pakistan to support some sort of a dialogue to advance peace and security in the region, there have been times where we have worked closely with India,” she said.
Both countries had an important role to play if Afghanistan to be able to advance peace and consolidate security in the region. The incoming Trump administration would need to work with both India and Pakistan as they engaged with Afghanistan on these issues.
“So we shall look to see how policies on Afghanistan are shaped by the incoming administration. We haven’t heard from them on Afghanistan, what their approach is going to be…” Biswal concluded.