On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani paid a visit to India on invitation of PM Narendra Modi. He, on his day long visit, discussed various key issues to further boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Among the issues discussed were regional security including possibility of peace talks with Taliban, trade and India’s development work in Afghanistan.
Dr. Shaida Abdali, Ambassador to India yesterday told that Afghanistan is seeking India’s support for its peace process and military hardware like helicopters.
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Furthermore, Ghani briefed PM Modi about the status of the peace process in the war-ravaged country.
The two leaders appreciated successful conclusion of India-Afghanistan trade and investment show in Mumbai held from 12-15 September, 2018. India Afghanistan bilateral trade has crossed USD 1 billion mark.
Additionally, the connectivity through Chabahar port and Air Freight corridor was also discussed.
India has always favoured an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process to bring peace and stability in the country. PM Narendra Modi condemned terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and voiced solidarity for the fight against terrorism.
The war-ravaged country has seen an active involvement of India in reconstruction efforts and other capacity building projects. India during the visit of Afghanistan Foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani declared to step up its development partnership and committed to 116 new projects in 31 provinces including drinking water supply, low cost housing, roads and polyclinics.
India and Afghanistan also recognised the need to further strengthen their bilateral cooperation, considering other regional partners for peace and prosperity in the region.