‘India,Afghanistan sailing in same boat on terrorism’

Abdali is on a 3-day visit to the city for the Afghanistan Film Festival organised by Pune International Centre.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 19, 2013 1:39:30 am

Making a strong pitch to eradicate terrorism by taking bold steps,Shaida Mohammad Abdali,Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India,said both India and Afghanistan were sailing in the same boat,as far as terrorism is concerned and sought deeper bilateral ties to remove the malaise.

Abdali is on a 3-day visit to the city for the Afghanistan Film Festival organised by Pune International Centre (PIC).

Saturday,he participated in the discussion held at the Maratha Chamber of Commerce,Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).

India has so far invested $11 billion to rebuild Afghanistan infrastructure. Abdali used the forum to invite Indian entrepreneurs in agriculture,energy,small-scale industries,defence,health,construction sectors.

On the issue of people-to-people contact,the Ambassador said,around 6,000 Afghans come to India to study and over 30,000 take advantage of health services provided by India in Kabul.

“Afghanistan and India has a legacy of friendship based on economic to socio-cultural exchange of people that have resulted in building great trust among the two nations.”

On Taliban,he said,“We are a peace loving nation like India and we will not stop until we achieve peace in our country with Taliban. We are also looking to improve our ties with Pakistan,” he added.

Dilip Padgaonkar,president of PIC concluded the session by saying that PIC along with MCCIA will assist Abdali develop opportunities by which both nations can help each other maximise the available resources. “Pune-Mumbai to Kabul should become an air bridge by which south and central Asia will become more accessible and the six Pashto films will be dubbed in Marathi and the six Marathi films will be dubbed in Pashto to boost ties between two countries,” Padgaonkar added.

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