India's help crucial for Afghanistan: Karzai

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 09:35 hrs
India's help crucial for Afghanistan: Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that India's help was crucial in training the Afghan military before 2014, when foreign troops would be withdrawn from the battle-ridden country.

"India is a great destination for us, for the training of our military, for the training of our police and for the provision of equipment that India can provide, that is, within the means of India," Karzai told NDTV.

Stating that attacks by the Taliban would continue beyond 2014, but the chances of them coming back to power were nil.

"There will be bomb blasts, there will be incidents like that, that we have in our whole region. But that will not be a hindrance to the progress of Afghanistan or to the continuation of the democratic rule in Afghanistan," he added.

On Monday, Karzai met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the two South Asian leaders oversaw signing of at least four agreements of cooperation in diverse fields, including mining and social projects.

Karzai and Singh also discussed on security and political situation in and around Afghanistan and ways to combat terrorism emanating from the neighbourhood.

The agreements signed concerned mining, fertilizers and small development projects to enhance socio-economic conditions in Afghanistan.

"India has been a generous front-line partner in Afghanistan´s rebuilding and reconstruction efforts," said Karzai after the signing of the agreements here and calling the Indian PM a good friend.

Karzai thanked India once again for offering them a nearly 2 billion dollars aid for reconstruction in all sectors ranging from health to defence and social development.

He said his visit was to attract Indian investors to come to Afghanistan with which India shares the same destiny to pursue prosperity, peace and stability.

The Indian Prime Minister said he discussed with Karzai the need to develop a strategic economic partnership, which will build on the economic synergies for mutual benefit.

"I also reiterated to President Karzai our belief that Afghanistan's regional economic integration will contribute to overall prosperity and stability in the region," said Singh.

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