Regional cooperation needed to battle terror: President
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday profusely appreciated India’s development and security assistance, saying Afghanistan’s sovereignty would be defended as long as a single Afghan was alive.
After the inauguration of the Indian-built parliament building in Kabul, President Ghani said, the Kabul-Delhi friendship continue to expand, no matter was in power in Afghanistan, or in India for that matter.
"On behalf of the people and government of Afghanistan, I'd like to express sincere thanks to India for providing generous assistance to Afghanistan,” Ghani said, hoping bilateral cooperation between the two nations would continue to grow.
“You are no stranger to us. To us, strangers are those who don’t know us. And those who are not interested in friendship with us don’t feel our pain. But we being friends know and trust each other,” the president remarked.
Because of their sincere friendship, the Indians ruled the hearts and minds of Afghans, he observed, saying that Afghanistan had been a graveyard of the people coming there with bad intentions.
“India has been helping Afghanistan in different spheres. If we count the favours, it would take a long time. Over the past 70 years, Afghanistan could not produce electricity.
“With the help of India, an Afghanistan-India Friendship dam producing 42 megawatts of power in Herat province will be inaugurated next year,” the president said.
Ghani thanked Modi for announcing 500 additional scholarships for children of the Afghan security personnel killed in the war on terrorism. He also welcomed the handover of three MI-25 attack helicopters to the Afghan forces.
India had proved a strong partner of the Afghan government, not the anti-government groups, Ghani acknowledged. “Afghanistan has enmity with no one; we recognise our friends and respect them.”
The freedom of Afghanistan was not a gift from anyone; but it was a result of sacrifices of martyrs, the president noted, asserting the country’s sovereignty would be ensured even if one Afghans was alive.
“There is a need for regional cooperation in countering terrorism; there is no good or bad terrorism. What we need is a strong will to fight against the terrorism. I hope the intention of Afghanistan are clear to others.
Facilitating, training and sheltering terrorists in the 21st century would produce nothing but indignity at the international level, the president concluded.
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