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