India equip Afghan air forceIndia may deliver military equipments including weaponry and aircraft to Afghanistan, the visiting Afghan delegation to India, headed by second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili said.

The officials further added that the military equipment will be handed over to the Afghan military in the near future.

Afghanistan army chief of staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi is also accompanying the second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili during his visit to India.

The delegation met with a number of high level Indian government officials including the second vice-president of India Hamid Ansari, to discuss the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi quoted by Afghanistan’s 1TV Media said, the government of India has vowed to provide a number of reconnaissance helicopters to the Afghan military.

Mr. Karimi further added that the government of Afghanistan expects New Delhi’s cooperation in providing helicopters and training of the Afghan pilots, besides providing training to Afghan armed forces.

In the meantime, the Indian vice-president Hamid Ansari said, New Delhi is committed to rebuild Afghanistan as a stable, democratic and prosperous country and hoped that the two nations can overcome the challenge posed by terrorism.

“India does not have an exit strategy. With the conviction that we shared a common past and that we are destined to share a common future, India will continue to contribute, within its capabilities, in the re-building of Afghanistan,” Mr. Ansari said.

He said India remains committed to implement the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between the two countries in October 2011. The agreement articulates the future areas of cooperation between the two countries in diverse spheres.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.