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Afghanistan-India partnership council to be held tomorrow

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Afghanistan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul will visit New Delhi from April 30-May 2 at the invitation of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Saturday.

Terrorism in the region, security situation and status of the peace process in Afghanistan are some of the crucial issues to be discussed in the first session of the India-Afghanistan Partnership Council to be held in New Delhi during the visit of Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul from Monday.

The external affairs ministry in a statement on Saturday said, “The visit forms part of the high-level engagement between the two countries and provides an opportunity for both countries to review and consolidate the implementation of their strategic partnership.”

According to officials, the meeting of the Council will also provide a roadmap for the future and coordinate efforts between various ministries and agencies of the two countries.

The Partnership Council will meet for the first time nearly six months after it was set up under the landmark Strategic Partnership Agreement inked between India and Afghanistan in October 2011 during the visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

India’s main worry is the stability of Afghanistan once the Western NATO allied forces withdraw from the country which is expected to take place in 2014. This was reiterated by the Chief of India’s Air Force who hinted at the possibility of cross border terrorism once the NATO forces withdraw from the Af-Pak region.

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