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PM Modi praises Afghan President's bold initiatives towards peace

Press Trust of India  |  Qingdao 

today praised Ashraf Ghani's bold initiatives towards peace and expressed hope that it will be respected by all parties, referring to a ceasefire announced by the Afghan

Speaking at the restricted session of the (SCO) Summit here, Modi also promised that will play an active role in the contact group for under the SCO banner.

"is an unfortunate example of effect of extremism and terrorism. I hope the bold initiatives towards peace taken by Ghani will be respected by all parties," Modi said at the summit, also attended by

Modi was referring to the Afghan government's surprise announcement of the week-long ceasefire with the for Eid.

The ceasefire will last from the 27th of until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr, President Ghani had tweeted last week, indicating it could run from June 12-19.

Responding to Ghani's announcement, the yesterday announced the suspension of fighting for the first three days of Eid - the first ceasefire by the militant group in Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion.

and have agreed to undertake a joint economic project in Afghanistan. They have agreed to move forward in identifying a specific project initially in the area of capacity building in Afghanistan.

This will be a first such project in the war-torn country where China, while trying to expand its influence, has tacitly backed Pakistan, which has been accused by Afghanistan and the US of backing the and its most violent attacks in the country destabilising any attempts to restore peace.

Since 2002, has committed USD 2 billion to the socio-economic rebuilding of war-torn Afghanistan.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 10:55 IST