Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on one day visit to India

President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani will be on a one day visit to India tomorrow. During his visit, President Ghani will meet with Rashtrapati and have detailed delegation level talks with the Prime Minister, who will also host lunch in the honour of the visiting dignitary. External Affairs Minister will call on him. President Ghani will also give a public address at Vivekanand International Foundation.

The visit will build upon the recent high level bilateral exchanges between the two countries, including the recent visits of Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah and that of the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani to India for the meeting of the bilateral Strategic Partnership Council.

Both sides will have the opportunity to review the entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership, including the New Development Partnership, hold consultations and coordinate on furthering the shared objective of promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan. The two countries will also discuss the efforts to combat the menace of terrorism.

A senior US official has said the Trump administration wants India to help strengthen Afghanistan’s capacities and institutions so that the war-torn country can take on a resurgent Afghan Taliban based in neighbouring Pakistan.

The official said where the help is needed by India primarily is in areas of ensuring that Afghanistan can be strengthened as a state.

And that the state can be hardened and strengthened against any regenerative capacity of the Taliban which lies mainly across the border in Pakistan.

The official was responding to a question by PTI on India’s contribution in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the new Afghan and South Asia policy announced by President Donald Trump in August.

The official said India is helping Afghanistan by helping the Afghan people. India has done a great deal of work to help Afghanistan in the area of water management for example. He said India has also helped foster some important industries that will lead to economic growth and employment in particular.

The construction sector is another area where it does help tremendously. And as such, any help India can do in Afghanistan in those areas of economic development would be of great help, the official added.

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