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Heart of Asia: Modi holds talk with Ashraf Ghani

  • Heart of Asia, Narendra Modi, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan, Amritsar, Ajit Doval, Iran
    PM Narendra Modi with Ashraf Ghani

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday held bilateral talks focusing on a range of key issues including boosting trade and investment, India's reconstruction activities in the war-ravaged country and ways to strengthen defence and security partnership.

  • Heart of Asia, Narendra Modi, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan, Amritsar, Ajit Doval, Iran

    PM Modi addressing the inaugartion of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process conference

  • Heart of Asia, Narendra Modi, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan, Amritsar, Ajit Doval, Iran
    MoS for External Affairs MJ Akbar, NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during Sixth Heart of Asia Conference

    Afghanistan has been trying to revamp its military to fight the resurgent Talibans after drawdown of NATO forces began nearly two years back. Also, Afghanistan is learnt to have sought enhanced supply of military hardware from India.

  • Heart of Asia, Narendra Modi, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan, Amritsar, Ajit Doval, Iran

    In May, India, Iran and Afghanistan had signed an agreement to set up a trade and transport corridor with Chabahar in Iran as the hub with an aim to develop a transit corridor.

    The sea-land route of Chabahar Port was designed to bypass Pakistan and the project was seen as India's effort to counter China's plan to develop Gwadar port in Pakistan

  • Heart of Asia, Narendra Modi, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan, Amritsar, Ajit Doval, Iran

    Sources said both India and Afghanistan were keen to finalise the air cargo agreement as soon as possible and that the broad contours of the pact were already finalised

  • Heart of Asia, Narendra Modi, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan, Amritsar, Ajit Doval, Iran

    Afghanistan was very keen on deeper defence and security cooperation with India and there were indications that Ghani may press for ramping up supply of arms and military hardware from India though Pakistan would be unhappy if there was closer Indo-Afghan military cooperation.

    Last week, India had given to Afghanistan the last of the four military helicopters.

  • Heart of Asia, Narendra Modi, Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan, Amritsar, Ajit Doval, Iran
    PM Modi, along with Ashraf Ghani, Arun Jaitley, MoS for External Affairs V K Singh and other delegates

    India has been supporting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, broad-based and inclusive process of peace and reconciliation, and advocating the need for a sustained and long-term commitment to Afghanistan by the international community.

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