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Karzai assures Indian diplomats security

Karzai assures Indian diplomats security

May 31, 2014 - 19:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday assured a visiting Indian delegation that Indian diplomatic missions and assets would be ensured security across Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The delegation led by Indian Foreign Secretary Dr. Sujatha Singh called on President Karzai at the Presidential Palace, a statement from the palace said.

Singh updated Karzai about her visit to the Indian Consulate in western Herat province, which was attacked on May 23 by a four-member squad of suicide bombers. 

Karzai assured the Indian delegation that Afghan security forces would continue providing full security to the Indian Embassy in Kabul, consulates and diplomats in provinces.

The Indian foreign secretary promised to reopen the visa section at the Herat Consulate, which had been closed following the attack.

Singh thanked the Afghan government for ensuring security of the Indian Embassy in Kabul and its consulates in a number of Afghan provinces.

Meanwhile, the visiting delegation from India also held talks with deputy foreign minister Arshad Ahmadi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting conferred on bilateral relations between the two countries, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Singh also met with the two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and discussed with them key issues, including security of Indian assets in the country.

The Indian foreign secretary had on Friday met Herat governor Syed Fazullah Wahidi, Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha and other senior officials to take stock of the situation during her brief visit which lasted a few hours.

She also met the staff, including the ITBP security personnel who repelled the attack on the Indian consulate, in which all the four terrorists were killed.

After the attack, security at the Indian embassy in Kabul and consulates in Jalalabad, Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar besides Herat has been beefed up and a high alert sounded to all Indian assets based across Afghanistan.

India is carrying out various development projects in Herat including construction of Salma hydroelectric and irrigation dam project at the cost about $200 million.


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