Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday expressed Afghanistans solidarity with India in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks and called for Pakistans full compliance with international,bilateral and multilateral obligations to prevent terror attacks originating from its soil.
A joint Indo-Afghan statement,issued at the end of his visit,said the deplorable incident shows that terrorism is a threat to the entire humanity.
The leaders called for the full compliance with bilateral,multilateral and international obligations of States to prevent terrorism in any manner originating from territories under their control since terrorism emanates from the sanctuaries and training camps and the sustenance and support received by the terrorist groups, it said.
Describing Karzais visit to India as symbolic to express Afghanistans solidarity with the Government and people of India in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attack,the two sides also reviewed their robust and strategic partnership. Karzai and Manmohan Singh expressed satisfaction over the progress in bilateral development and reconstruction projects in all parts of Afghanistan.
New Delhi,which has been awaiting Karzais visit with keen interest,has a reason to be satisfied since the Afghan President has made the right noises although the lifeline of supplies to Afghanistan is through Pakistan.
It may be recalled that Karzai had blamed Pakistans ISI for the Indian Embassy attack in Kabul,in which an Indian diplomat and an Indian Army official were among those killed.
During the meeting,the Prime Minister conveyed to Karzai that following the completion of the road from Zaranj to Delaram in south-western Afghanistan,a second major infrastructure project the Pul-e-Khumri to Kabul transmission line and the sub-station at Chimtala in Northern Afghanistan would be handed over shortly to the Government of Afghanistan.
They also expressed their satisfaction that the construction of Afghan Parliament,described in the joint statement as a symbol of the common commitment of both countries to pluralism and democracy,has also begun.
Karzai invited the Prime Minister for a state visit to Afghanistan,which was accepted. The dates will be finalised through diplomatic channels.