India agreed to provide further assistance to Afghan defence forces during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani that also reviewed the security situation in the war-torn country.
Asserting that its relationship with Afghanistan is an “article of faith” for India, Swaraj said the two countries remain united in overcoming the challenges posed by cross border terrorism and safe havens and sanctuaries.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured her visiting Afghan counterpart, Salahuddin Rabbani that India will commit to ensuring safe, peaceful Afghanistan.
Addressing the Joint press meet in New Delhi Swaraj said India will continue to support #Afghanistan to deal with the menace of terrorism.
“India will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Afghanistan in realising their dreams,” Swaraj said.
India and Afghanistan reviewed an entire gamut of our multifaceted cooperation along with stakeholders from Ministries & Departments concerned and agreed to embark on a New Development Partnership in keeping with the priorities of Afghanistan.
An agreement on Motors Vehicle was signed during the meeting that is expected to hold Afghanistan to build better transit systems.
“A new 500 scholarships programme for next of kin of the martyrs of Afghan National Defence and Security Forces will begin from 2018. 116 new High Impact Development Projects would be jointly implemented that would bring socio-economic and infrastructure development, ” Swaraj said in her statement.
Swaraj said that they have discussed measures for enhancing trade &investment cooperation. India has liberalized visa, especially for Afghan businessmen.
“India-Afghanistan trade & investment show in New Delhi on September 27-30, 2017 will provide opportunity to bring businesses together, ” she said.
India is helping Afghanistan to re build its lost infrastructure for a very long time and both the countries have been making agreements to help the nation progress.
Rabbani said India and Afghanistan have agreed to strengthen security cooperation.
“India has further agreed to provide assistance to Afghan national defence forces,” he said. Afghanistan has long been pressing for greater Indian assistance in defence supplies and capacity building.
He also asserted that his country’s friendship with India does not mean hostility to any other country and added that it is not a zero-sum game.
The Afghan leader noted that India and Afghanistan were victims of terrorism and violent extremism.
He also talked about terror acts by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed which were threatening the region’s stability.