Ghani values trade with India through Chabahar

By Monitoring Desk
Thursday – September 20, 2018
NEW DELHI (India): Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani, on his visit to India, called on the Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi on Wednesday, both leaders appreciated the successful conclusion of the India-Afghanistan trade and investment show, held in Mumbai from September 12-15, 2018, and expressed determination to strengthen connectivity, including through Iran’s Chabahar port and the air-freight corridor.

According to an official statement, the two leaders reviewed and positively assessed the progress of the multi-faceted India-Afghanistan strategic partnership. They expressed satisfaction at the increase in bilateral trade that has crossed the $1 billion mark.

It was agreed to deepen the new development partnership in the areas of high impact projects in the field of infrastructure, human resources development and other capacity building projects in Afghanistan.

Afghan president Ghani briefed the Indian PM Modi on initiatives by his government towards peace and reconciliation and also in confronting the challenges of terrorism and extremism imposed on Afghanistan and its people.

Modi reiterated India’s support to an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process that will enable Afghanistan to continue as a united, peaceful, inclusive and democratic nation and emerge as an economically vibrant country.

He emphasised India’s unwavering commitment to support the efforts of the government of Afghanistan to this end, as also for the security and sovereignty of Afghanistan.

Modi unequivocally condemned terrorist attacks and violence in Afghanistan which have caused immense loss of precious human lives and expressed solidarity with the people and national defence forces of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism.

While expressing satisfaction at the coordination and consultation on activities at various international fora, the two sides agreed to strengthen the cooperation and also to work even more closely with their regional and international partners for prosperity, peace, stability and progress.