National Defence Bureau
New Delhi, 11 September 2017
India today agreed to provide further assistance to Afghan National defence forces during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani. They also reviewed the security situation in the terror-torn country.
Asserting that its relationship with Afghanistan is an “article of faith” for India, Sushma Swaraj said that the two countries remain united in overcoming the challenges posed by cross border terrorism and safe havens and sanctuaries.
In a joint press statement after co-chairing the Indo-Afghan strategic partnership council with Swaraj, Rabbani said India and Afghanistan have agreed to strengthen defence and security cooperation.
“India has further agreed to provide assistance to Afghan national defence forces,” he said. Afghanistan has long been pressing for greater Indian assistance in defence supplies and capacity building.
He emphasised that JeM like in India continue to mount terror attacks in Afghanistan along with Taliban and other terror groups. He also supported India’s primamary membership in United Nation’s Security Council and in International Court of Justice.