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India offers Afghanistan defence cooperation

India has promised full support for boosting Afghanistan’s defence capabilities to preserve its unity and territorial integrity.

The Indian ambassador to the UN held out the assurance during a Security Council debate on Afghanistan on Tuesday night.

Syed Akbaruddinwarned the security situation in Afghanistan, if not contained, would pose serious threats to the entire region.

“The Security Council needs to look into the deteriorating security situation and the means to contain it,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.

Insecurity could pose serious threats to the gains made by the people of Afghanistan over the last 15 years, he believed, according to ANI news agency.

He voiced his shock over the loss of lives and property in the June 20bomb attack in Kabul, in which 20 people were killed.

“The Taliban are continuing attacks at an unprecedented rate since the beginning of the year and there is continued violence by other armed groups,” he noted.

Militants should not be allowed to exercise control over any part of Afghanistan’s territory, he said, adding: “This, in our view, is critical for lasting peace in the country.”

The path to reconciliation in Afghanistan should be through an Afghan-led and Afghan owned process respecting the red lines drawn by the people, the ambassador said. (PAN)

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