Ghani strengthens bilateral ties with India on his day-long visit

SansadTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who is on a day-long visit to India, held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday afternoon.

The two leaders discussed a range of issues which included combating terrorism.

“Prime Minister Modi and president Ghani discussed range of bilateral, regional and global issues, express firm resolve to end menace of terrorism,” said Raveesh Kumar , the spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry.

New Delhi: President of India Ram Nath Kovind meets President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo/PIB

New Delhi: President of India Ram Nath Kovind meets President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo/PIB

The two leaders also discussed ways to further the shared objective of promoting security and stability in Afghanistan.

“Furthering ‘neighbourhood first’ policy with a strategic partner. Prime Minister Modi receives president Ghani at Hyderabad House,” Kumar said.

Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Ghani and both leaders discussed issues of mutual interest.

Ghani also met his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind.

Ahead of his visit, the ministry had said both sides will have the opportunity to review the entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership, including the New Development Partnership. They would hold consultations and coordinate on furthering the shared objective of promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and efforts to combat the menace of terrorism.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

The visit will build upon the recent high level bilateral exchanges between the two countries, including the recent visit of Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and that of Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani to India for the meeting of the bilateral Strategic Partnership Council, which was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Ghani is visiting India on the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, which was extended by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval during his Kabul trip on October 16.

(With inputs from agencies)