The United States promised Wednesday to take into account India’s concerns as it looks to pull out of Afghanistan, in high-level talks that agreed on several ways to boost the democracies’ emerging alliance.

The talks in Washington came against the backdrop of major protests in India over a citizenship law that critics say targets Muslims, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was careful not to annoy his guests by speaking forcefully on the issue.

Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, meeting for a day of talks with their Indian counterparts, said they spoke in depth on the renewed US talks with the Taliban aimed at ending America’s longest war.

“We understand the concerns that India has, too – rightful concerns that they have – about terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” Pompeo told a joint news conference.

– AFP