• publish: 19 November 2015
  • time: 11:21 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 2257

Afghanistan’s weaponry “wish list” given to India

Deputy Afghan foreign minister Hekmat Karzai says that Afghanistan’s weaponry wish list has been given to India by National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar.

Hekmat Karzai said Thursday the list was given by Atmar during a meeting with his Indian counterpart where the two countries discussed ways to enhance defense cooperation.

Without disclosing further information regarding the meeting between the National Security Advisors of the two countries, Karzai insisted that the four-year-old India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Pact (SPA) should be operationalized.

Defense cooperation between Kabul and New Delhi is among the major component of the Strategic Cooperation Agreement which was inked in 2011.

Karzai also added that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may visit Kabul and the two countries are working on this.

“I had a meeting with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, with whom host of issues were discussed. We also spoke on the follow up of His Excellency President of Afghanistan’s visit to India…other bilateral issues were discussed. The most important objective was to work out the modalities of operationalising the strategic partnership with India,” Karzia quoted by the local newspaper – The Hindu said.

The remarks by Karzai comes as reports emerged earlier this month that India will announce the transfer of four Mi-25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan during Atmar’s visit.

An Indian security official has confirmed that, “We are going to give them the helicopters, this is a one-off arrangement.”


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