India, Afghanistan to work together on diverse sectors, including defence


Modi and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at joint statementPrime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani have agreed to work together on different sectors which would also include assisting Afghanistan in defence sector as well. Both the leaders have stressed upon implementation of a concrete action to eliminate terror networks.

In the meeting, Modi and Ghani, who is here on his first visit after assuming office in September last year, discussed host of key issues including connectivity and security. The Prime Minister made a strong pitch for a positive and constructive approach from neighbors of Afghanistan to end support for violence.

After the comprehensive talks with Ghani on entire gamut of bilateral ties as well as on key regional and international issues, Modi, at a joint press event with the visiting leader, said he conveyed India’s support for his vision for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“We have a shared interest in the success of an Afghan- led and Afghan-owned process. This should be conducted within the framework of the Constitution of Afghanistan, without the shadow of violence. It should reinforce the political, economic and social progress of the last fourteen years. And, it should protect the rights and aspirations of all sections of the society, including Afghan women,” Modi said.

The Afghan President identified terror as a major challenge facing the region and said his government was determined to make Afghanistan the “graveyard of terror”.

Noting that India deeply values its friendship and goodwill with Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said the country stands with the people of Afghanistan as they build a united, stable, democratic and prosperous nation. According to sources, Ghani has appreciated India’s contribution in reconstruction efforts in his country as also massive human resource development projects for Afghan youths.