India, Afghanistan reaffirm commitment to combat terrorism

NetIndian News Network

India and Afghanistan today reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism and reiterated their view that all countries should comply with their multilateral and international obligations and fully control terrorist activities emanating from sanctuaries and camps located within their territories. The two countries underlined their strong position on this issue during talks that External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta in Kabul today. Their discussions covered a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest, a spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry said. The two Ministers emphasised the strategic partnership between the two countries, based on abiding historical and cultural ties, and expressed their satisfaction on the progress of bilateral development and reconstruction projects. They also reviewed the status of future programmes. During the day today, President Karzai and Mr Mukherjee jointly inaugurated the 218-km landmark Zaranj - Delaram road project in south-western Afghanistan, connecting the capital of Nimroz Province to the Herat-Kandahar highway. This road, together with 60 kilometres of inner-city roads in Zaranj and Gurguri, was recently completed by India at a cost of US $150 million. The project symbolises India's strong commitment towards the development of Afghanistan. India will also shortly be completing power transmission line from Pul-e-Khumri to Kabul and a sub-station at Chimtala. In this connection, on the request of the Government of Afghanistan, India will also construct an additional sub-station at Charikar, for which the design and tendering work has been done and final award is awaited. The two Foreign Ministers also jointly launched the restoration of Stor Palace within the precincts of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. INT