Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India, Afghanistan call for end to state sponsorship of terror

India, Afghanistan call for end to state sponsorship of terror

Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Monday said that Afghanistan strongly and openly supports India's bid for permanent membership of United Nations Security Council.

India and Afghanistan signed four pacts after the meeting, including a motor vehicles agreement and a fresh document on India's development assistance.

Swaraj also said that 116 new high-impact development projects will be implemented for the socio-economic infrastructural development of suburban and rural communities in the 31 provinces of Afghanistan.

The two leaders also discussed measures for enhancing trade and investment cooperation.

India will also help Afghanistan build human resource capacities and skills, especially in education, health, agriculture, energy, administration and resource management, Swaraj said.

"We hope also that India, as a good friend of other countries in the region like Russian Federation and Iran, can convince those countries to work with the Afghan government to support the peace process in Afghanistan". He was here to attend the 2nd meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council between India and Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's foreign minister asked India on Monday to expedite development of a strategic port in Iran to bolster a trade route for land-locked Central Asian countries that would bypass Pakistan. He said the Pakistan-based groups active in Jammu and Kashmir were "engaged in similar activities along with Taliban, Al Qaeda and Daesh in Afghanistan". Rabbani briefed PM Modi on the situation in Afghanistan.

In addition, the two nations agreed to expeditiously conclude the agreements/MoUs related to technical cooperation on police training and development, as well as technical cooperation between railway authorities; mutual legal assistance; and cooperation in the areas of food safety among others.

"Both countries suffer from terrorism & violent extremism that threaten us & the region's stability, " said Salahuddin Rabbani. India trains Afghan soldiers in its military academy and has supplied attack helicopters. Experts say it was a recognition of India's development work in the country, which include among other things, the Salma Dam in Herat and the new Parliament building in Kabul.

The new projects would include a dam and drinking water supply project for Kabul, a low-priced housing project for refugees, and a polyclinic in Mazar-e Sharif.

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