India committed to the re-building of Afghanistan: Ansari

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 22:33

New Delhi: India on Wednesday said it is committed to rebuild Afghanistan as a stable, democratic and prosperous country and hoped that the two nations can overcome the challenge posed by terrorism.

"India does not have an exit strategy. With the conviction that we shared a common past and that we are destined to share a common future, India will continue to contribute, within its capabilities, in the re-building of Afghanistan," Vice President Hamid Ansari said.

He said India is committed to work with the government and people of Afghanistan in their attempt to re-build that country as a stable, democratic, pluralistic and prosperous one.

Ansari was speaking at a banquet hosted by him for his Afghanistan counterpart Mohammad Karim Khalili.

He said Afghanistan, which was once a cross-road and centre of international trade and commerce, faces several challenges.

"We have shared the pain of the Afghan people caused by years of conflict and destruction. Terrorism, a menace for us all, nevertheless threatens Afghanistan even more directly.

"We have also faced the consequences of a great land like yours, being used as a safe haven for training terrorists. We know that the fight against terrorism is not an easy one but we are also convinced that given the political will and determination, we can overcome this challenge," he said.

He said India remains committed to implement the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between the two countries in October 2011. The agreement articulates the future areas of cooperation between the two countries in diverse spheres.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 22:33

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