Afghanistan President’s Visit to India

IAS Prelims 2023

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani paid official visit to India. During his visit, he met the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani expressed their resolve to counter terrorism and strengthen security and defence cooperation as envisaged in the India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Following delegation-level talks between the two sides, PM Modi announced a sum of $1 billion for Afghanistan’s capacity and capability building in spheres such as education, health, agriculture, skill development, empowerment of women, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions.

Both sides also signed three agreements – extradition treaty, cooperation in civil and commercial matters and the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space.

The two leaders discussed the regional situation and expressed grave concern at continued use of terrorism and violence in the region for achieving political objectives.

The Prime Minister also proposed to supply world class and easily affordable medicines from India and cooperation in solar energy through mutually agreed instruments.

Recalling that India-Afghanistan bilateral development cooperation has assisted Afghanistan’s own efforts for successful political, security and economic transitions, the two leaders noted with happiness the recent completion of major milestones such as Parliament Building and the Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam.

The Prime Minister Modi conveyed to the President that India would continue to engage with the international community to assist the Government of Afghanistan in all possible ways.