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Ghani Meets Modi, Discusses U.S. Strategy, Bilateral Cooperation  

(Last Updated On: October 24, 2017)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, discussed a range of issues including the U.S. strategy for South Asia and bilateral Kabul-New Delhi cooperation.

The two leaders agreeing that “the U.S. strategy is an opportunity for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and South Asia; expansion of cooperation between the countries and the region, the Presidential Palace said.

Both sides discussed on bilateral cooperation in trade & transit, investment and regional combat against terrorism, the Presidential Spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazwi said.

The issues related to connectivity were also discussed in details in the meeting of the two leaders.

“The establishment of the air freight corridor was acknowledged as an important factor in providing Afghan farmers a direct and easy access to the Indian market,” the Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

“The efforts for early operationalisation of the Chahbahar Port, including the shipments of wheat in coming weeks to Afghanistan through the Port was considered as a step that would shape new trade and transit opportunities for landlocked Afghanistan,” the statement said.

The Indian side reiterated the readiness of its Integrated Check Post at Attari for receiving Afghan trucks carrying goods to and from India, the statement added.

In one-day visit, Ghani also met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed strategic partnership between the two countries.  He also met his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind and discussed ways for expanding bilateral ties.

 Some Afghan analysts, however, believe that Afghanistan’s close relationship with India frustrates Pakistan, as the country will look to “expand” the ongoing war in Afghanistan.  

“India is a powerful country, its influence impacts on wickedness of Pakistan and it [India] can play role in ensuring peace in Afghanistan,” said Ahmad Sayedi, an analyst and former Afghan diplomat to Pakistan.

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