H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi paid a working visit to New Delhi from September 14 to 15, 2016.

H.E. President Ghani visited India to further deepen bilateral ties and expand the multifaceted cooperation between the two friendly countries.

H.E. President Ghani was accompanied by a group of the county’s high ranking officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Sallahudin Rabani, National Security Advisor H.E. Mohammad Hanif Hatmar, Finance Minister H.E. Mr. Eklil Hakimi, Economy Minister H.E. Mr. Abdul Sattar Murad, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation H.E. Mohammadullah Batash and other senior officials.

Upon his arrival at Palam Airport, he was received by senior Indian government officials, Ambassador Abdali and Embassy diplomats. Following a short rest at his residence hotel, H.E. President Ghani along with his accompanying delegation met with Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House wherein both sides discussed a host of issues of mutual interest and concern as well as regional situation.

During the meeting PM Modi fondly recalled the warm reception he had received during his visit to Afghanistan in December 2015 and June this year. Both the leaders expressed their contentment over the frequent and close engagement under the Strategic Partnership Agreement at all levels between the two countries. The Indian Prime Minister reiterated India’s continued support to Afghanistan and pledged 1 billion US dollar development assistance to Afghanistan in areas such as capacity building in education, health, agriculture, skill development, empowerment of women, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions. In addition the supply of world-class medicine and cooperation in solar energy were also discussed between the two sides.

The two leaders also reaffirmed their resolve in countering terrorism which is seen as a common threat to both countries and to the region, to this end, both leaders agreed to ramp up security and defence cooperation. Other issues of discussion in the meeting included regional connectivity and bolstering peace and stability in the region. 

Subsequently, President Ghani along with his accompanying delegation attended a lunch reception at Hyderabad House hosted by Prime Minister of India in honor of the Afghan President.

In the afternoon, in a business meeting organized by FICCI, ASOCHAM and CII at The Ashok Hotel, President Ghani spoke with senior Indian Industry and trade captains on investment opportunities and economic potential of Afghanistan. He called on Indian industries for collaboration and investment in various sectors including hydropower generation, water management, logistics, air cargo, pharmaceutical industries and etc. He stressed on strengthening ties between the private sectors of the two countries.

Later in the day, H.E President Ghani delivered a speech on ‘Fifth Wave of Political Violence and Global Terrorism’ at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis. (for his full speech at IDSA, click here) After that, President Ghani paid a courtesy call on President of India Honorable Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan and thanked the President and Indian people for their generous assistance to Afghanistan.

Following his visit with Indian President, he interacted with a select group of Afghan students at the Afghan Embassy.

During the President Ghani’s visit 3 agreements were signed between the two sides on: 1- Co-operation in Peaceful Uses of Outer Space 2- Judicial and Judicial Co-operation in Civil and Commercial Matters for the Service or Summons, Judicial Documents, Execution of Judgment and Arbitral Awards 3- Extradition Treaty.

H.E President Ghani and his accompanying delegation concluded his visit on September 15, 2016 and returned to Kabul.

For joint statement released during President Ghani’s visit click here

For watching President Ghani’s interview with NDTV, please click here or here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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