WASHINGTON - Desperate to play the role of a key player, New Delhi is hosting US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue to focus on cooperation among the three nations after the planned drawn down of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014. Two senior US officials Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake and Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman will lead the US delegation at the New Delhi meeting, the State Department announced Friday.
The New Delhi meeting follows the inaugural trilateral consultations held at the Afghan mission in New York City Sep 25.
“The United States, India and Afghanistan all share a common vision for a strong, peaceful, and prosperous region and have pledged to work together on common challenges and opportunities including combating violent extremism, strengthening cultural exchanges and increasing regional trade and economic integration,” the State Department said.
“The trilateral meeting reflects our mutual commitments to transparency and coordination as Afghanistan continues with it ongoing security, economic and political transitions,” it added.