Krishna meets Karzai, expresses India`s support

India on Monday expressed full support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s efforts to usher in peace, stability and development in the war-torn country.

Kabul: India on Monday expressed full support
for Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s efforts to usher in peace,
stability and development in the war-torn country, which is
witnessing an upsurge in terrorist attacks by the Taliban.

Soon after his arrival in Kabul for the International
Conference on Afghanistan tomorrow, External Affairs Minister
S M Krishna called on Karzai at his fortified Presidential
palace.

Krishna reiterated India`s support for President
Karzai`s efforts to bring about peace, stability and
development in Afghanistan during the meeting, External
Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told PTI.

"The meeting was very useful and cordial," he said,
adding that during the 45-minute meeting, the two sides
conducted extensive exchange of views on bilateral ties and
issues of common interests.

Krishna, who is expected to speak at tomorrow`s
conference, also conveyed the greetings from Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and the people of India to Karzai.

Earlier, warmly welcoming Krishna to his presidential
palace, Karzai said: "Warm welcome to you my friend," and also
talked about the progress of monsoon in India.

The two leaders engaged in animated talks about the
monsoon and rainfall in both countries and how it impacted
their agricultural growth.

Krishna also met Afghan National Security Adviser Dr
Rangin Dadfar Spanta and discussed bilateral ties and regional
issues of mutual concern.

They also talked about tomorrow`s international
meeting, which will be the largest gathering of foreign
leaders in the war-torn nation since the 1970s.

The meeting will take place amid a spurt in suicide
bombings and attacks by Taliban on US-led NATO forces, which
has suffered the deadliest single month in June when its 79
soldiers died.

The conference is a follow-up to a London summit in
January, when donors pledged some USD 160 million for
Afghanistan`s plans to reintegrate and create jobs for Taliban
fighters who renounce violence.

-PTI

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