“The Prime Minister affirmed that India attaches the highest priority to its ties with Afghanistan,” the Office of the Prime Minister of India said in a statement.
The statement further “The Prime Minister reiterated Indias strong support to Afghanistan in fighting terrorism imposed on that country and its people.”
“He also reiterated Indias full support to the Government and people of Afghanistan, including through humanitarian and development assistance, in their efforts to build a peaceful, united, democratic and prosperous nation,” the statement added.
This comes as the Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj informed regarding New Delhi’s agreement with Kabul to expand defense cooperation.
Speaking during a press conference with her Afghan counterpart, Swaraj said 116 new “high impact” development projects would be implemented jointly in 31 provinces of Afghanistan.
“We remain united in overcoming the challenges posed by cross-border terrorism and safe havens and sanctuaries to both our countries,” she added.
She did not elaborate further regarding the defense cooperation New Delhi aims to provide to Afghanistan but added that 500 new scholarships will be offered to next of kin of the martyrs of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces from academic year 2018.
India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.