On Afghanistan, Jaishankar said, " You know, when you talk about the future of Afghanistan, India, is an important part of that conversation. Just as when we look at Afghanistan, clearly, you know, given the American presence over many years, it is something that we will be discussing."
The US troops will be withdrawing from Afghanistan by September 2021 and there is a strong belief that the country will implode in a civil war.
"The possible scenarios, once the US military draws down is obviously something which matters to us, it matters very much. It matters to the United States, and it has a larger regional presence. So, in one of these meetings, this subject came up. I don't think it was so much an issue of what is India's role, I mean, India has interest, India has influence, India has stakes, India has a history."
India had offered Afghanistan an assistance package of $1 billion. It is the 5th largest donor to Afghanistan, providing development reconstruction assistance of $2 billion since 2001. Also, it supports an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled development of the war-torn nation.