Afghanistan & India sign strategic cooperation agreement
By Ghanizada - Tue Oct 04 2011, 10:46 pm
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 – Afghanistan and India on Tuesday signed strategic cooperation agreement, in a bid to boost development and security cooperation between the two nations
Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh said, he had frank discussions regarding terrorism threats during his meeting with Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
Meanwhile, Afghan president Hamid Karzai acknowledged India’s efforts to bring peace and stability in the region.
According to officials Afghan presidential office, president Hamid Karzai is going to speak in an Indian research institute on his second day of visit to India and brief Afghanistan’s achievements for the past ten years.
India is considered as a major power in the region and the country has played an important role in Afghanistan reconstruction after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
India has committed $2 billion funds in Afghanistan reconstruction and development projects, and the construction of a new parliament building is one of the most important contributions of India in Afghanistan reconstruction.
President Karzai’s visit to India takes place in such a situation where tensions between Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan has escalated in regards to fight against terrorism.
Afghan authorities accuse Pakistan for supporting militant groups in Afghanistan and believe that the assassination plot of ex-Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani was planned in Pakistan.
But Pakistani authorities have frequently denied the allegations.
On the other hand, India is concerned regarding the expansion of violence in the region in such a time where the International coalition forces are planning to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.