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FS meets Afghan President, top officials; discusses security concerns

Jaishankar, who flew down to Kabul from Islamabad on Wednesday, visited Afghanistan as the last stop for the first phase of his ‘SAARC Yatra’.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday met with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani as they discussed connectivity, development projects and security, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said here on Wednesday.

Jaishankar, who flew down to Kabul from Islamabad on Wednesday, visited Afghanistan as the last stop for the first phase of his ‘SAARC Yatra’. He also met former Afghan President Hamid Karzai during his stay.

During his meetings, Afghan leaders welcomed India being “partner of choice” for Afghanistan and briefed the foreign secretary about their views on India’s involvement in furthering the cause of stability and security in the country.

According to officials, the main thrust during the meetings was on India’s development projects in Afghanistan, ways to improve connectivity and the security situation in the war-ravaged country.
Jaishankar also met deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and held extensive talks.

The foreign secretary was received by senior Afghan officials and Indian high commissioner Amar Sinha at the Kabul airport.