India, Afghanistan call for end to state sponsorship of terror

  • India, Afghanistan call for end to state sponsorship of terror

India, Afghanistan call for end to state sponsorship of terror

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, co-chairing the second meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council, deliberated extensively on security related challenges, noting that terrorism was the greatest threat to peace and stability in the region and beyond.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj responded that India would speed up the port development and begin supplying wheat to Afghanistan within weeks through Chabahar.

She did not elaborate further regarding the defense cooperation New Delhi aims to provide to Afghanistan but added that 500 new scholarships will be offered to next of kin of the martyrs of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces from academic year 2018.

Rabbani said both India and Afghanistan are victims of terrorism.

India will extend further assistance for the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, the two countries announced after the 2nd round of their strategic partnership council meeting here.

The port would allow India to transport goods to Afghanistan by sea.

In a joint press statement issued by Swaraj and Rabbani on Monday, India and Afghanistan exchanged four agreements.

Without naming Pakistan, the Minister said India and Afghanistan remained "united in overcoming the challenges posed by cross-border terrorism and safe havens and sanctuaries to both our countries".

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. "India also hopes to join the regional trade and transit agreements that have Afghanistan at its heart", stressed Swaraj. "We jointly agreed to embark on a New Development Partnership in keeping with the priorities of Afghanistan". India trains Afghan soldiers in its military academy and has supplied attack helicopters.

"The fact that Afghanistan attained the status of a Test- playing cricketing nation is testament to the indomitable spirit of the people of Afghanistan to not let the forces of death and destruction prevail", Swaraj said.

She said the new development projects would involve building a drinking water supply system for Kabul, low-priced housing for returning refugees, a water supply network for Charikar city, and a polyclinic in Mazar-e-Sharif.