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India to provide military aid to Afghanistan


Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani is on a visit to India, seeking military aids from the country, to tackle down terrorism, and India is likely to support the cause.

Meeting the President on September 14, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a monetary aid of one billion dollars for the support and development of “a unified, sovereign, democratic, peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan”. Ghani is on a two-day visit to India starting Wednesday.

“The two leaders discussed the regional situation and expressed grave concern at continued use of terrorism and violence in the region for achieving political objectives,” a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting said.

“They agreed that this phenomenon presented the single biggest threat to peace, stability and progress in the region and beyond.
“Stressing that elimination of all forms of terrorism, without any discrimination, is essential, they called upon the concerned to put an end to all sponsorship, support, safe havens and sanctuaries to terrorists, including for those who target Afghanistan and India,” it said.

PM Modi and Ghani endorsed their tenacity to counter terrorism and strengthen security and defence cooperation as envisioned in the India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Both the nations also exchanged agreements on a mutual legal assistance treaty, for peaceful uses of outer space and an extradition treaty.

“One more step in closer ties. Exchange of agreements on MLAT, Extradition & peaceful uses of outer space following talks,” External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet.

The documents were exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The Extradition Treaty approved by the Union Cabinet on September 12, 2016, would provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and other criminals from and to Afghanistan.

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