US seeks greater role for India in Afghanistan

April 8th, 2009 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The US Wednesday sought a greater role for India in Afghanistan, at the same time saying it wouldn’t pressurise New Delhi on its ties with Pakistan.
“What happens in Afghanistan depends on Pakistan. They are deeply inter related… It’s in the national security interest of all three (India, Pakistan and the US) to work together,” said Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He was speaking to reporters here after he and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the US, met Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon. Mullen separately held talks with Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta.

Holbrooke said the US had no plans to mediate between India and Pakistan. “We cannot negotiate between the two countries.”

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