He said, Afghanistan wants friendly relations with all nations in the region. He said, the relationship between Afghanistan and India has further strengthened in the last 16 yrs and it has made a difference to lives of millions of Afghans. He said, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan is in the interest of the region.In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Dr. Abdullah said, terrorism should not be used as an instrument of foreign policy.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said, visit of Dr. Abdullah comes in the context of New Afghan Policy and New Development Partnership. He said, India will help in low-cost housing for returning Afghan refugee.The Foreign Secretary said, India’s commitment to Afghanistan remains steadfast. Dr. Abdullah is on a two day working visit of India. Yesterday, he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind. He also had talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Prime Minister meets Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah today afternoon.
Prime Minister extended a warm welcome to Dr. Abdullah, who is in India on a two-day working visit.
Both leaders reaffirmed the strength and closeness of the multifaceted strategic partnership between India and Afghanistan. They welcomed the accelerated cooperation, including through the recent announcement of a New Development Partnership during the meeting of the bilateral Strategic Partnership Council in New Delhi. They discussed enhancing bilateral economic and development cooperation and the abundant opportunities in this regard.
Dr. Abdullah conveyed Afghanistan’s deep appreciation for India’s continuing support for infrastructure development and capacity building in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister reiterated India’s commitment to extend full support to Afghanistan’s efforts for building a peaceful, united, prosperous, inclusive and democratic Afghanistan.
The two leaders exchanged views on the security environment in Afghanistan and the extended region, and, in this context, agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation.
An MoU for Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development was exchanged in the presence of the two leaders at the conclusion of the meeting.
Prime Minister deeply appreciated the mosaic portrait prepared by an Afghan master craftsman, which was presented to him by Dr. Abdullah.