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India, Afghanistan discuss development projects

Press Trust of India  |  Kabul 

and have discussed several ongoing development projects spread over varied areas of cooperation such as capacity building, infrastructure, education, healthcare, good-governance and human resource development.

Officials from both the countries discussed the projects during the second meeting of India-Joint Working Group on Development Cooperation (JWG-DC) in yesterday.

The JWG-DC is one of the four Joint Working Groups formed under the India-Strategic Partnership Council, which is headed by the of and the of Afghanistan.

The is mandated for the overall management of the strategic relationship between and Afghanistan.

During the meeting of the JWG-DC, both sides had an exhaustive review of the large number of ongoing development projects spread over varied areas of cooperation such as capacity building, infrastructure, education, healthcare, good-governance and human resource development, a statement said.

The two sides also expressed satisfaction over the successful completion of several development projects such as the building, Afghan-India Friendship Dam, the first phase of and others.

The Afghan side highly appreciated India's timely assistance of 170,000 tonnes of wheat and 2,000 tonnes of pulses during this year when large parts of the country are suffering from drought.

Both sides also expressed satisfaction that these largescale deliveries were made from India to Afghanistan via Chabahar, highlighting the viability of Chabahar as a route for trade and commerce.

Both sides underscored the importance of access through for strengthening trade and economic relations.

Encouraged by high level of cooperation in the field of development assistance and deep mutual trust between the two sides, it was decided to take up several small, medium and largescale projects for implementation in the near future.

These projects most prominently include the Shahtoot dam, low cost housing for the returning refugees in Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, polyclinic in Mazar e Sharif, construction of road connecting Band-e-Amir in to the and many others.

Both sides underscored the importance of safety and security of Indian personnel involved in development projects in Afghanistan.

The Afghan side assured their cooperation in ensuring the security of the Indian personnel.

The Indian side also accepted the request for consideration of new projects, shared by the Afghan side. It was agreed that these projects will be examined and considered for implementation, based on the priorities of the people and the

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 18:55 IST
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