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Indian Foreign Secretary calls on Afghan leaders

Karzai stresses on expansion of Afghan-India ties

Ghani seeks regional cooperation in war on terror

Abdullah appreciates India’s support

AT News Report

KABUL: The ex-President Hamid Karzai stressed on further expansion of relations between Kabul and New Delhi.

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called on Hamid Karzai at his office on Wednesday. The two leaders explored ways to bring lasting peace to Afghanistan and the region, and deepen ties between the two countries.

Jai commended Karzai’s role in expansion of relations between Afghanistan and India. He termed relations between the two countries as time-tested.

Hamid Karzai said that India has played an important role in reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Karzai appreciated India for lending its support to Afghanistan in the past. He emphasized on further expansion of ties between the two countries.

S Jaishankar also met with President Ashraf Ghani here at the Presidential Palace.

According to a media statement issued by the Presidential Palace, Indian Foreign Secretary voiced his satisfaction over recent political developments in Afghanistan. He added that India will stand beside people of Afghanistan. He vowed that his country would continue its support for Afghanistan in different areas.

S Jaishankar invited President Ghani to pay a visit to India.

President Ghani said that terrorism is changing and is posing serious threat to the region and the entire world. “Joint efforts from the world, particularly regional countries, were required to fight against the menace,” the president added.

The president said that Asia is changing and India can play an important role in economic development of the region.

President Ghani said that Afghanistan has long enjoyed friendly and cordial relations with India. “The relations between Kabul and New Delhi will further expand,” he added.

Jaishankar also met the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah.

A source having knowledge about the meeting told Afghanistan Times that the two leaders discussed issues pertinent to regional security, Afghan peace process and cooperation in different sectors.

Abdullah thanked people and the government of India for the support provided to Afghans over past one decade.

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