India cements Afghanistan ties

India will extend further assistance for the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, the two countries announced after the 2nd round of their strategic partnership council meeting.

Announcing the launch of a next generation New Development Partnership, India and Afghanistan also agreed to take up 116 High Impact Community Development Projects to be implemented in 31 provinces of Afghanistan, including in the areas of education, health, agriculture, irrigation, drinking water.

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said India's relationship with Afghanistan is an “article of faith“ for India and that the two countries remained united in overcoming the challenges posed by cross border terrorism.

Addressing a joint press meet , Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani said India and Afghanistan had agreed to strengthen security cooperation.

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