Afghan Prez to seek military aid

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived in India on Monday on a three-day visit

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:22 pm

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived in India on Monday on a three-day visit,during which he will seek increased military aid from India and discuss recent cross-border clashes with Pakistan. “We will ask for assistance for the strengthening of our security forces,” Karzai’s spokesman had said in a briefing on Saturday in Kabul ahead of the trip. Afghanistan and India had signed a strategic partnership agreement in 2011 that included military training of Afghan security forces.Apart from extensive developmental assistance programme,which now stands at around $2 billion,India also provides training in capacity building to 2,000 Afghans every year. Terming Afghanistan as a “strategically important” neighbour,a spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said the two countries had mechanisms available to address all issues under the Strategic Partnership Agreement.

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