- publish: 15 April 2018
- time: 10:05 am
- category: Politics
- No: 6318
Afghan government would like India to continue to play greater role in Afghanistan:Bahrami
Afghanistan’s Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami met with top Indian officials including his counterpart, foreign minister, chief of staff of air force and chief of army staff during his visit to India.
Bahrami visited India for Defexpo 2018, India’s biggest biannual weapons exhibition.
According to a statement from Afghanistan’s defense ministry during the visit, the sides talked security situation of Afghanistan, expansion of military cooperation and training of Afghan army soldiers.
The statement further added that Indian officials pledged to continue to cooperate with Afghanistan in the areas of counter-terrorism and provision of military training.
A statement from Indian foreign ministry said that Bahrami shared his assessment of the recent initiatives of the Afghan government for reconciliation; efforts to combat terrorism which receives support from safe havens sanctuaries beyond Afghanistan; and efforts to combat the menace of opium cultivation and drugs trafficking which goes into funding terrorism against the people of Afghanistan.
He appreciated the positive and constructive support extended by India for economic development and reconstruction in Afghanistan and to the Afghan National Defence and Security forces.
He highlighted that the people and the Government of Afghanistan would like India to continue to play greater role in Afghanistan.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj appreciated the courage with which the Afghan Defence forces were defending their country and making supreme sacrifices.
She conveyed India’s support for the efforts of the Government and the people of Afghanistan for building a peaceful, secure, stable, united, inclusive and prosperous nation.
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