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Will consider Afghan request for arms: India

With Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai visiting India next week,India Saturday said it was ready to discuss and consider Afghanistan’s request for arms supplies provided it is raised through the proper fora.

With Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai visiting India next week,India Saturday said it was ready to discuss and consider Afghanistan’s request for arms supplies provided it is raised through the proper fora.

MEA’s official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the two countries had mechanisms available to address all issues,including those relating to security post the 2014 pullout of the international forces from Afghanistan.

“Our view is that there is a mechanism available,and within our modest means as a developing country,we will continue to discuss and respond to specific requests from the Afghan government,” Akbaruddin said. “There are diplomatic channels available and we will consider these (requests) as and when they are raised in the channels available.”

He was responding to the Afghan ambassador to India Shaida M Abdali’s recent comments,urging enhanced defence ties with India.

Akbaruddin said India is working towards helping realise “a strong and viable Afghanistan” through its developmental works in the country. At the same time,India has “no illusions that we can ignore the political and security issues that stand in the way of realising that”.

Both countries have a Strategic Partnership Agreement,inked in 2011,under which they have a Strategic Partnership Council which is headed by their foreign ministers. They met last summer and are to meet again.

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