Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ashraf Ghani meets Modi in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday on his second trip to India.
Both the countries exchanged several agreements on extradition, mutual legal assistance treaty, peaceful uses of outer space, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.

 Modi and Ghani expressed concern at the continued use of terrorism and violence in region for achieving political objectives. They also agreed that this phenomenon presented the single biggest threat to peace, stability and progress in the region and beyond. Both the leaders also reaffirmed their resolve to counter terrorism and strengthen security and defence cooperation.

 Later in the day, Ghani, along with Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, will address an interactive business meeting. The visiting dignitary will also deliver a speech at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses before paying a courtesy call on President Pranab Mukherjee in the evening. Here is the India-Afghanistan joint statement released by MEA during the visit: 1. The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan His Excellency Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was warmly welcomed on his working visit to India on 14 and 15 September, 2016.

During the visit, he held discussions with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and will be received later on Wednesday by Rashtrapatiji. 2. Meeting President Ghani, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi fondly recalled his visits to Kabul and Herat in December 2015 and June this year, respectively.

The Prime Minister mentioned that he cherished both the warm reception he had received during those visits and the fruitful discussions then and in his other meetings with the President in Tehran (May 2016) and Tashkent (June 2016). 3. Both leaders expressed their happiness at the close and regular consultations between India and Afghanistan at all levels, which have served to guide their strategic partnership and strengthen all-round cooperation.

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