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US Defense Chief Panetta to talk with Indian leaders on Afghan army

06-06-2012 16:17 BJT

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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is urging Indian leaders to play a more robust role in Afghanistan, as US tensions with Pakistan continue.

US defense officials say Panetta, who is now in New Delhi, will also talk with Indian leaders about possibly helping to train the Afghan army and police. Officials say the US would like India and Pakistan to work in concert to help stabilize Afghanistan, despite their conflicts and lack of trust.

Pakistan, however, is likely to view any increased Indian role in Afghanistan with suspicion and worry that it may dilute Islamabad's influence on the Afghans' future. The US's defense ties with India have grown steadily since 2000, including a substantial increase in arms sales that now total more than 8.5 billion US dollars over the last 11 years.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (C) shakes hands with India's Defence Minister
A.K. Antony during his ceremonial reception against the backdrop of India's Home
Ministry in New Delhi June 6, 2012.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (C) speaks with India's Defence Mnister A.K.
Antony (2nd R) during a meeting at the Defence Ministry in New Delhi, June 6, 2012.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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