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India has transferred 8 Mi-35 helicopters to Afghan Air Force: Pentagon

14 Jul 2019 The Khaama Press News Agency

The Department of Defense or Pentagon has confirmed that India has transferred 8 Mi-35 gunship helicopters to the Afghan Air Force.

Pentagon released its latest report titled ‘Enhancing security and Stability in Afghanistan’, stating that India has transferred a total of eight Mi-35 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force, four during 2015/2016 and four more during 2018.

The report further adds that “This aid marks a significant departure from India’s previous policy of providing only non-lethal military assistance. Pakistani sensitivities towards Indian involvement in the country ultimately limited the assistance.”

Furthermore, Pentagon said “Additionally, the Indian military provides procurement and training support to help professionalize the Afghan military and to improve its vehicle maintenance capabilities.”

The report

also added that India has traditionally had strong ties with Afghanistan and

remains the largest regional donor to the country ($3 billion since 2001).

According

to Pentagon Indian aid to Afghanistan focuses primarily on four main categories:

humanitarian assistance, major infrastructure projects, small and

community-based projects, and education and capacity development.

Meanwhile,

Pentagon said India desires a stable Afghanistan that does not harbor

terrorists who could target Indian interests and does not have close ties with

Pakistan.

In addition, Pentagon said there are no reports indicating that India has taken any serious action during the reporting period that would affect the situation in Afghanistan.

However,

Pentagon said in the 1990s, India supported the former Northern Alliance; and

maintains contact with Afghan power brokers.

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