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Kabul needs military hardware from Delhi: Abdali

Kabul needs military hardware from Delhi: Abdali

Sep 19, 2018 - 09:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Amidst a grim security situation, Afghanistaninfo-icon needs India’s support for the peace process and the supply of military hardware like helicopters says Ambassador Dr. Shaida Abdali.

On the eve of President Ashraf Ghani’s day-long visit to New Delhi, the Afghan diplomat hailed India as a strategic partner and demanded help from the ally in dealing with terrorism.

In an interview with The Hindu, Abdali said security issues and the development projects India was funding in his country were discussed during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s recent visit to Kabul.

The attack on Ghazni City was a complex one, but Afghan forces were able to deal with the situation, he said, adding the situation had a regional dimension. The terrorists came from outside, he alleged.

The Heart of Asia and Istanbul processes would encourage regional players to help Afghanistan eliminate terrorism, the diplomat hoped.

In the trilateral talks, which were also attended by Iran, the completion of the Chabahar port project was also discussed. “We hope the US will back our common objectives...”

About parliamentary and presidential elections, he acknowledged the situation was not enabling. The legitimacy and credibility of elections was linked to people’s participation, Abdali commented.

“We are trying our best to create the right environmentinfo-icon, and we hope to see success in our peace process. Our dialogue with Pakistaninfo-icon and the Talibaninfo-icon is critical for elections in Afghanistan.”

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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