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Atmar meets US, Indian envoys before India visit

Atmar meets US, Indian envoys before India visit

Nov 05, 2015 - 18:07

KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar held separate meetings with top US and Indian diplomats in Kabul before leaving for New Delhi on his scheduled trip, his office said on Thursday.

Atmar discussed issues concerning his trip to India with the US and Indian envoys in Kabul, a statement from the National Security Council (NSC) said.

The unity government in Afghanistan desired friendly relations with India and the country’s foreign policy was based on regional cooperation, he said.

Terrorism was not only the issue of Afghanistan, the statement quoted Atmar as saying, adding that Kabul was on the frontline of the war on terror and collective efforts were needed to eliminate the menace.

Amar Sinha, Indian envoy in Afghanistan, expressed his pleasure over the national security advisor’s announced trip to India and said they agreed over the agenda of his trip.

In a separate meeting with US Ambassador Michael Mckinley, the two disused the current security situation in Afghanistan.

The ambassador assured the US government’s and the people’s complete support to Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism, saying that the US would always back the Afghan counter-terrorism policy.

He acknowledged that Afghanistan desired regional cooperation in the fight against extremist elements in the country.



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