India affirms its support for a democratic evolution in Afghanistan

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said India was proud of its close relations with Afghanistan and shared Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s goal of building a strong, prosperous and independent Afghanistan. He was speaking at the Rastrapati Bhawan during a banquet hosted for the Afghan president who was on a three-day visit to India.

Mukherjee said that India appreciated the work Ghani was doing and the formation of a national unity government which adds a new dimension to the process of democratic evolution in Afghanistan.

The President also said India supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned national reconciliation process within the framework of the Afghan Constitution. India-Afghanistan co-operation had neither an expiry date nor a timeline, he said.

As a friend and neighbour, India will always stand by firmly with Afghanistan, Mukherjee said, adding, “India considers it a privilege to share its capabilities and experience in nation-building and inclusive development with the people of Afghanistan.”

The President then called for efforts to be made to expand bilateral trade which in 2013-14 stood at $683.10 million. At least 72 Indian companies have invested around $17 million in Afghanistan from 2003-2013. India will encourage more companies to invest in Afghanistan. He expressed confidence that Afghan President’s visit will further strengthen the two countries successful cooperation in all spheres of shared interest.

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