India to further increase security aid to Afghan forces


India has agreed to extend further assistance to Afghanistan, depending on the needs of its defence and police forces, according to news reports from New Delhi.

At their meeting on Tuesday, President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for renunciation of violence and terror, as well as closure of cross-border terrorist safe havens.

Such steps were essential for any meaningful progress and lasting peace in Afghanistan, they concurred in reference to Pakistan’s role in fuelling violence in Afghanistan.

They discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues, expressing a firm resolve to eradicate terrorism and further deepen bilateral strategic dialogue, the Ministry of ExternalAffairs said.

“Deep appreciation was expressed for the bravery with which the Afghan forces were fighting terrorism imposed on Afghanistan,” a spokesman for the ministry tweeted,

Development assistance by India and connectivity issues were also discussed. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also met Ghani, who also held talks with his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind.

New Delhi, which has already delivered four military helicopters to Kabul, has ruled out sending troops to Afghanistan at any cost.

“The support extended by India in the defence and security fields, including training of thousands of personnel was positively assessed. The Indian side agreed to extend further assistance depending upon the needs of the Afghan defence and police forces.”

Story first appeared on Pajhwok