Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, have discussed range of bilateral, regional and global issues and expressed their firm resolve to end the menace of terrorism. The two leaders also discussed on the means to promote security and stability in that country.
Ashraf Gahni arrived on one day working visit to New Delhi on Tuesday at the invitation of the Prime Minister. The invitation on behalf of Prime Minister Modi for President Ghani was extended by the NSA Ajit Doval when he visited Kabul on 16 October.
Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs tweeted about the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) October 24, 2017
Afghan President held detailed delegation level talks with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hosted lunch in his honour.
Before meeting Prime Minister, the visiting Afghan President met with President Ram Nath Kovind while External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on him.
Before the visit, ministry of external affairs had said both sides will have the opportunity to review the entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership, including the New Development Partnership.
Afghanistan’s Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah, and Foreign Minister Mr Salahuddin Rabbani visited India last month. Rabbani participated in the bilateral Strategic Partnership Council meeting, which was co-chaired by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.
India considers Afghanistan as part of its extended neighbourhood and extended $ 3.1 billion in aid to the country. India has recently announced 116 new high impact development projects in that country.
The visit of Afghan President came at a time when US President Donald Trump has recently announced his South Asia policy asking India to play more important role in Afghanistan. US Secretary of State visited Kabul on Monday before visiting Pakistan and India.