US NSA H.R. McMaster's South Asia visit has proved that the US and India remain on the same page in tackling the Afghanistan problem
US national security adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster was in South Asia this week and he managed to send some signals about Washington’s priorities. In what was the first formal high-level exchange between the US and Pakistan under the Donald Trump administration, McMaster reviewed efforts aimed at stabilizing neighbouring Afghanistan and conveyed a strong message to Pakistani officials that there is an urgent “need to confront terrorism in all its forms". He was categorical in his assessment of Pakistani complicity in destabilizing Afghanistan when he underscored that “as all of us have hoped for many, many years, we have hoped that Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest to go after these groups less selectively than they have in the past and the best way to pursue their interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through diplomacy, not through the use of proxies that engage in violence".