India rejects experiences referring to over-the-horizon strikes by US in Afghanistan

India on Thursday rejected media experiences suggesting that the US was in contact with it to discover the choice of finishing up ”over-the-horizon” counter-terror strikes in Afghanistan.

While responding to a query on the difficulty at a press briefing, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated that the dialog within the US Congressional listening to on Afghanistan is “slightly different” from the media experiences.

“I would not like to respond to media reports on this issue. I would request you to go through the actual conversation in the US Congress’ foreign affairs committee hearings which is slightly different from the media reports. I do not have any further information to share on this,” he stated.

Asked whether or not the US can use the provisions of the three foundational defence agreements signed between the 2 sides to hunt such an choice from India, Bagchi stated “no”.

The MEA spokesperson added that no one can drive India.

He stated the navy pacts, COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement), LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement) and BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) are supposed to extend interoperability and deepen total defence cooperation.

Certain media experiences steered that Washington was in talks with New Delhi for finishing up the “over-the-horizon strikes” in Afghanistan from India.

In the briefing, Bagchi stated India continues to be engaged with the US and different companions over the developments in Afghanistan.

Republican Congressman Mark Green sought to discover the potential of over-the-horizon capabilities in northwest India for counter-terrorism capabilities in Afghanistan throughout a Congressional listening to on Monday.

The Biden Administration, in response, most popular to not make particular feedback on the difficulty.

“Generally, Congressman, we’re deeply engaged with India across the board. With regard, though, to any specifics about over the rise in capabilities and the plans that we put in place and will continue to put in place, I’d rather take that up in a different setting,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in the course of the Congressional listening to.


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