Modi, Ghani Demand End to State-Sponsored Terrorism

Modi, Ghani Demand End to State-Sponsored Terrorism Modi, Ghani Demand End to State-Sponsored Terrorism

Expressing grave concern at the continued use of terrorism for achieving political objectives in the region, India and Afghanistan on Wednesday called for an end to all sponsorship and sanctuaries to terrorists, in what is seen as a message to Pakistan.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani expressed their determination to counter terrorism and strengthen security and defense cooperation, as envisaged in the India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Following delegation-level talks between the two sides at the Hyderabad House, Modi said India would allocate $1 billion for Afghanistan’s capacity and capability building in spheres such as education, health, agriculture, skill development, empowerment of women, energy, infrastructure and strengthening of democratic institutions, Hindustan Times reported.

Both sides also signed three agreements on extradition treaty, cooperation in civil and commercial matters and the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space.

“The two leaders discussed the regional situation and expressed grave concern at continued use of terrorism and violence in the region for achieving political objectives. They agreed that this phenomenon presented the single biggest threat to peace, stability and progress in the region and beyond,” a joint statement said without naming Pakistan, a nation that both countries accuse of sponsoring terror.

Stressing that elimination of all forms of terrorism, without any discrimination, is essential, they called upon “the concerned” to put an end to all sponsorship, support, safe havens and sanctuaries to terrorists, including for those who target Afghanistan and India.

Modi also proposed to supply world class and easily affordable medicines from India and cooperation in solar energy through mutually agreed instruments.

Recalling that India-Afghanistan bilateral development cooperation has assisted Afghanistan’s own efforts for successful political, security and economic transitions, the two leaders noted with happiness the recent completion of major milestones such as Parliament Building and the Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam.

Both leaders said they looked forward to the resumption of India-US-Afghanistan consultations in New York later this month.

Modi conveyed to Ghani that India would continue to engage with the international community to assist Afghanistan in all possible ways.