Afghanistan was discussed as it is of ‘strategic importance’ to India: MEA

Washington, Sept. 23 (ANI): The key issue of Afghanistan came up in the Indo-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue here on Tuesday and all aspects related to the war-struck country were discussed by the two nations, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

Responding to the question by ANI as to how India is amping it’s role in Afghanistan, MEA Joint Secretary Americas, Vinay Mohan Kwatra said, “Speaking of development both regionally and internationally, Afghanistan is definitely an important country and the developments there are of strategic importance to India.”

“All elements of developments there were discussed, whether it is security or political,” he added.

According to reports, Afghanistan and India along with Iran intend to create an international transportation route that they have dubbed the Chabahar transit corridor, in order to expand the mutual cooperation between the countries and consolidate their ties in various fields.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conveyed his assurance of full support to Afghanistan, earlier in April.

“We will be there with you when you rebuild your homes and reconstruct your heritage. We in India admire the courage of the Afghan people to seek a future of peace and prosperity and we share Afghanistan’s pain over persisting terrorism and extremist violence. India will walk shoulder to shoulder with you and the Afghan people in a mission of global importance,” Prime Minister Modi assured to President Ashraf Ghani. (ANI)

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