By: Lailuma Noori
Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs says minster of foreign affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar, leading a high-level delegation, has arrived in New Delhi.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared Atmar’s three-day visit to India was aimed to expand bilateral relations, strengthening regional and international consensus for peace in Afghanistan and increasing cooperation towards counter terrorism and organized crimes in the region.
According to ministry of foreign affairs, Foreign Affairs Minister Haneef Atmar and his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Monday held a wide-ranging dialogue to expand strategic and development partnership that would strengthen the ongoing peace process. During his visit to India, Minister Atmar briefed New Delhi about recent developments in the intra-Afghan dialogue.
India is one of key donor countries of Afghanistan in regional level. During recent years, the country has spent $3billion in reconstruction and governance sections in Afghanistan. The people and governments of Afghanistan and India are historic friends that have founded base for friendship, cooperation and coordination between the two neighboring countries having common history.
India has provided unprecedented assistance to Afghanistan and supported the country’s efforts towards maintaining peace, security, counter terrorism and reconstruction process in the past 20 years. For example, the new parliament building, India – Afghanistan Friendship Dam (Salma) and completion of Chabahar Port are considered as decisive will for reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan.
Both Afghanistan and India hope with expansion of the Chabahar Port’s capacities trade goods will be easily transited via the port to Central Asia.
The government of India with its widespread relations with Afghanistan government has made effort to have active part in reconstruction of Afghanistan, but reconstruction programs of the neighboring country has repeatedly threatened by the Taliban group. The country provides hundreds of higher education scholarships to Afghan students to get their higher education in Indian universities.
Pakistan, considered as key rival in the region, has made continued effort to prevent from further influence of India in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the government and people of Afghanistan have always welcomed continued support from the people and government of India and their goodwill for reconstruction and good governance in the country. Afghanistan is now an independent country having relations with all countries in the region.
India has been hosting several Afghan leaders over the past year and has emerged as one of the key players in the landlocked country. Peace process & India’s inclusion in six-party format, countering terrorism, safeguarding Indian interests and projects in the landlocked country topped the agenda of the meet.
The three-day official visit of Afghanistan Minister of Foreign Affairs to India is taking place after a meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow on March 18. It is also determined that Turkey will host a peace meeting on Afghanistan with participation of all Afghan leaders and Taliban representatives about the country’s future and maintaining peace in the country. India might be one of the participants of the meeting in Turkey in early April.