India rules out sending troops to Afghanistan

August 6th, 2008 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) India Wednesday reaffirmed it would not send troops to Afghanistan for the operations being conducted in the war-ravaged country by the US-led coalition forces as the UN had not mandated this action. “India has only been taking part in operations approved by the United Nations,” Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor told reporters on the sidelines of a defence function here.

“There is no likelihood of taking part in operations in Afghanistan as they are not mandated by the UN but are under the aegis of the US,” Kapoor added.

“Indian has been providing a degree of development and medical aid to Afghanistan. And we will continue to provide aid in any form as the government deems fit,” he maintained.

Following the deadly July 7 terror attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul there has been talk of sending additional Indian security forces to Afghanistan to beef up security at the mission.

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