India-Afghanistan-US hold wide ranging discussions on issues of mutual interest

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 14:10 hrs

New Delhi: India hosted the second meeting of India-Afghanistan-US trilateral dialogue here on Tuesday, which provided a platform for in-depth consultations on issues ranging from political and security spheres to trade, commerce and investment, and other areas of mutual interest.

The three sides agreed to continue this trilateral process as a vehicle for achieving the shared goal of peace, security and development of Afghanistan.

The Afghan delegation was led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin, with Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. leading the U.S. delegation. Additional Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) Y. K. Sinha led the Indian delegation.

The three delegations later jointly called on Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

India has strategic partnerships with both Afghanistan and the US, and jointly they share a vision of a secure, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan.

The first trilateral dialogue was hosted by Afghanistan in New York on September 25 last year. 

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