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Swaraj holds talks with Afghan Defence Minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today held talks with Afghan Lt General during which he apprised her about Afghanistan's internal reconciliation process and efforts to combat cross border terrorism.

The (MEA) said Bahramee shared his assessment of Afghan government's recent initiatives for internal reconciliation, and efforts to combat terrorism, which receives support from safe havens and sanctuaries beyond Afghanistan, an oblique reference to

It said that the Afghan also "highlighted" that the Afghan people and the government would like to continue to play a "greater role" in the country.

Bahramee also talked about efforts being made by to combat the menace of opium cultivation and drugs trafficking that funds terror against the people of Afghanistan, the ministry said in a statement.

"deeply appreciated the positive and constructive support extended by for economic development and reconstruction in and to the Afghan National Defence and Security forces," the MEA said.

Swaraj appreciated the courage with which the Afghan forces were defending their country and making supreme sacrifices, the ministry said.

"She conveyed India's support for the efforts of the government and the people of for building a peaceful, secure, stable, united, inclusive and prosperous nation. remains committed to its according to the priorities of Afghanistan," the MEA said.

India last year had announced that it would implement 116 development projects in Afghanistan under the 'New Development Partnership'.

The Afghan is visiting India for the DefEXPO 2018 which is underway near Chennai. He had earlier met Defence Minister

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 15:20 IST