Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, after a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, expressed concerned at continued use of terrorism for achieving political objective in the region.
In what appears to be a clear message to Pakistan, India and Afghanistan called for an end to all sponsorship and sanctuaries to terrorists.
Modi and his Afghanistan counterpart Ghani expressed their resolve to counter terrorism and strengthen security and defence cooperation as envisaged in the India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement.
After a delegation-level dialogue in New Delhi, Modi said India would allocate a sum of $1 billion for Afghanistan’s capacity and capability building in spheres such as education, health, agriculture, skill development, empowerment of women, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions.
Three agreements were signed by both sides which are extradition treaty, cooperation in civil and commercial matters and the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space.
“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.
“They agreed that this phenomenon presented the single biggest threat to peace, stability and progress in the region and beyond,” a joint statement said without naming Pakistan, a nation that both countries accuse of sponsoring terror.
The statement also 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.
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.