Trump’s NSA To Visit India This Weekend


Washington: Terrorism emanating from Pakistan will dominate the agenda of India-US talks when American President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Lt General H R McMaster visits New Delhi this weekend.

Apart from meeting his counterpart Ajit Doval, McMaster is also likely to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his brief visit. This is going to be the first high-level visit from US to India since the Trump administration took charge on January 20. He is also likely to meet Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during his stay in NewDelhi.

Gopal Bagley, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, while talking to journalists on Thursday said the US national security advisor’s visit will most importantly cover “the threat of terrorism that emanates within our region from a specific country and affects our entire neighbourhood” and the situation in Afghanistan.

Bagley, however, declined to confirm the dates of McMaster’s visit to New Delhi.Sources, however, told DH that McMaster would reach New Delhi after visiting Kabul and Islamabad.

Trump himself told journalists in Washington DC that McMaster would visit Afghanistan to assess the situation even as there have been calls for deploying more US troops to contain the reemergence of Taliban and other terrorist organisations in the conflict-hit country.