India, Afghanistan for strengthening strategic ties

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Dec 4 (ANI): On the sidelines of the sixth 'Heart of Asia' conference here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani reviewed the progress on recent decisions to deepen bilateral economic cooperation and strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
The two leaders discussed several aspects of the close and friendly relations between the two countries, said MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
"The two leaders reviewed the progress on recent decisions to deepen bilateral economic cooperation and strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries," said Swarup.
"The two leaders noted with satisfaction the prospects for bilateral relations and agreed that both countries would continue to work ever harder for further strengthening them," he added.
The two leaders exchanged views on the common threat of terrorism, especially the cross border nature of the scourge which had caused immense suffering to the people of India and Afghanistan.
"Talking about terrorism, the two leaders agreed to strengthen counter terror cooperation between the two countries, and enhance coordination at the UN and other relevant fora," said Swarup.
Both leaders also took the occasion to operationalise the additional amount of USD one billion for bilateral cooperation especially in capacity building, skill development, infrastructure building and connectivity linkages, including through a possible air corridor between India and Afghanistan to overcome obstacles to promotion of bilateral trade.
Swarup further said President Ghani noted the convergence of values and interests as exemplified in the strategic partnership. (ANI)

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