India-Afghanistan should jointly fight terror backed by a neighbour: VP

Krishnanand Tripathi
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu receiving the visiting Second Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Sarwar Danish, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on December 12, 2017.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu receiving the visiting Second Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Sarwar Danish, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on December 12, 2017.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday asked Afghanistan’s second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish who is on a visit to India to actively confront the policy of state sponsored terrorism emanating from a common neighbour.

Voicing concern over the huge challenges facing Afghanistan and confronting issues of safe havens and other forms of cross-border support enjoyed by terrorists, the Vice President said we should actively confront the policy of state support to terrorism that is being practiced by a certain neighbour of ours.

Vice President Naidu mentioned that the last year was the most violent year since 2001 for Afghanistan with over 10,000 causalities of whom 25 per cent were civilians.

He said both the countries must work for setting up of an international verification mechanism for action taken in fighting terrorism and elimination of safe havens and other support, he added.

Talking about India’s assistance to the terror torn country, Vice President said that India has commenced supply of 1,70,000 tonnes of Wheat grain assistance to Afghanistan via the Chabahar Port in Iran, since the recent inauguration of the first phase of the strategic port with Indian investment and funding.

Vice President Naidu also mentioned that more than 50 flights have been undertaken from Afghanistan to India since the launch of the Air Freight Corridor in June 2017.

Talking about India’s assistance to rebuilding efforts of the war torn country , Vice President said India has provided assistance to Afghanistan to the tune of US$ 2 billion till last year.

Vice President also recalled that in September last year Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced an additional assistance of US$1 billion for the people of Afghanistan.

He said all these things led to a New Development Partnership in September 2017.

Vice President said under this partnership 116 high impact community development projects have already been identified in the 31 of 34 provinces in Afghanistan.

He said Afghanistan can truly emerge as an important Trade, Investment and Connectivity junction for the entire Asian and Eurasian Region.