Ghani calls for greater regional cooperation, takes dig at Pakistan

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New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday called for greater regional cooperation in South Asia and took a dig at Pakistan, saying it should not feel threatened by bilateral cooperation between peace-loving countries.

“We do not have agreed rule of the game between states (countries). South Asia has this misfortune,” Ghani said while delivering a lecture on the topic ‘Fifth Wave of Political Violence and Global Terrorism’ at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

Taking a dig at Pakistan, he said: “If a country is feeling threatened by cooperation of two peace loving countries, that country (Pakistan) has to change.”

“Afghanistan is no longer a land-locked country. Pakistan also has to embrace an open system. Pakistan is not a land-locked country. It has sea in the border but it often behaves like a land-locked country,” he said.

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Ghani said collaboration between India and Afghanistan is for stability in the region and it is “transparent” and guided by “common values” and “common threat”.

Referring to Modi’s announcement of $1 billion assistance to the poorest section of Afghanistan, Ghani said: “Earlier Prime Minister Modi tweeted that 1.2 billion Indians are behind Afghanistan. Now, it has been transformed into $1 billion assistance that means every Indian is now contributing about a dollar for Afghanistan.”



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