A stern message has been sent by India and Afghanistan to Pakistan for ending all the support, sponsorship and safe havens to terrorists and to take the decision to strengthen and defence cooperation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani had expressed their concern over the continuing terrorism which is used for achieving the political objective in the region as the two leaders had a long discussion on the regional and bilateral issues.
Restating India’s abiding support for a unified, sovereign, democratic, peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, Modi said that country is reader to consider the further requirement for capacity and capability which is building in the spheres like education, health, agriculture, skill development, empowerment of women, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions.
“To this end, the Prime Minister offered that, as a close neighbour and friend of Afghanistan and its people, India would allocate a sum of USD 1 billion,” a joint statement said.
After the talks, the two sides inked three agreements – Extradition Treaty, cooperation in civil and commercial matters and the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
Briefing the reporters, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said, “The two leaders discussed the regional situation and expressed grave concern at the continued use of terrorism and violence in the region for achieving political objectives. “They agreed that this phenomenon presented the single biggest threat to peace, stability and progress in the region and beyond.”
Without naming Pakistan; India for conceding to long pending demand of Afghanistan for stepping up defence supply. Jaishankar said that both the leaders have reaffirmed their resolve to counter terrorism and strengthen security and defence cooperation as envisaged in the India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement.
However, there were no further details has been given by Jaishankar. It has said that the discussion has been done when Afghanistan’s Chief of Army Staff visited India.