PM Narendra Modi welcomes agreement between Afghanistan's Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated both the Afghanistan's leaders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah for signing an agreement on the formation of a national unity government to end the election deadlock.

By Tarun Khanna | Updated: Sep 21, 2014, 23:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated both the Afghanistan's leaders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah for signing an agreement on the formation of a national unity government to end the election deadlock.

Modi, while supporting the move, said that India will stand steadfastly with the new Afghanistan government.

The agreement was signed after days of extensive talks over the past month between the two candidates mediated by former Mujahideen leaders and ranking officials in the presence of the outgoing president Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace, Xinhua reported.

Under the agreement, one of the candidates is to become the president and the other or one of his aides is to become the chief executive, a post equal to that of prime minister in the national unity government, which is to assume office in a few days.

(With IANS inputs)