In recent years the United States and India became close to each other as they both seek the way to control China’s spreading influence across Asia. On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump in White House told reporters that he had a good time with Prime Minister Narendra Modi but that he was “constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan“.
Donald mocks PM Modi saying that “You know what that is? That’s like five hours of what we spend,” adding “and we are supposed to say, ‘oh, thank you for the library’. I don’t know who is using it in Afghanistan.”
Undoubtedly it was an insulting remark for the Prime Minister of India. Both PM Modi’s BJP and the main opposition Congress condemned the US president. Not only the parties, but Indian citizens are also annoyed by this kind of statement of Donald.
The bonding between India and Afghanistan is not new, both accuse neighbor Pakistan of not taking enough steps to stop terrorism.
BJP general secretary protests on Twitter, “Maybe Trump should know that while he is decrying every other help in Afghanistan, India has been building not only libraries but roads, dams, schools and even parliament building.”
“We are building lives, for which the Afghan people thank us, no matter what others do or don’t.” The Congress said India did not “need sermons from the US on Afghanistan.”
The United States has 14,000 troops in Afghanistan. According to the reports Trump has decided to withdraw more than 5,000 troops and also to pull out all the troops from Syria.
India is spending around $2 billion on reconstruction and rehabilitation, according to the Indian embassy in Kabul. At the same time, India is the biggest South Asian donor of Afghanistan. Over the past few years, India has helped Afghanistan build roads, erect power transmission lines and construct a parliament building.
Afghanistan has not yet responded to Trump’s comments.