NEW DELHI – H.E. Ershad Ahmadi, Deptuy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, paid a one-day official visit to New Delhi at the invitation of his Indian counterpart, H.E. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, on September 17, 2013. The Deputy Minister was accompanied by Mr. Abdul Samad Samad, Director General of the First Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their visit followed the recent official visit of the Foreign Secretary to Kabul.

Accompanied by H.E. Ambassador Shaida M. Abdali, the Deputy Foreign Minister first called on H.E. Salman Khurshid, Minister of External Affairs of India, and conveyed to him the warm greetings of his counterpart, H.E. Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul. The two sides discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral interest and concern with regards to the stabilization and reconstruction of Afghanistan, within the framework of the Afghanistan-India Strategic Partnership. They recalled the importance of sincere, results-oriented regional cooperation in ensuring stability in Afghanistan, and agreed that a stable, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan would naturally bolster regional security and prosperity.

H.E. Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmadi separately met with his counterpart and her colleagues. The two sides reviewed the various aspects of bilateral relations between Afghanistan and India, and stressed the importance of meeting more frequently in order to discuss and ensure implementation of the two countries’ shared objectives within the Afghanistan-India Strategic Partnership Agreement. They reviewed the status of a number of Indian aid projects in Afghanistan, which the Foreign Secretary noted would be completed before the end of this and next years. The Deputy Foreign Minister invited the Indian Foreign Service Institute and other relevant institutions to partner with the Center for Strategic Studies and the Institute of Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, exploring effective ways of cooperation in research and analysis, as well as institutional capacity building.


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