India, Afghanistan exchange pacts in areas of health, transport

India and Afghanistan 11 September 2017 exchanged four pacts in areas of health, transport, space and new development partnership. The agreements were exchanged after delegation level talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani in New Delhi.

India will continue to work with Afghanistan in its efforts to build a secure, stable, peaceful, prosperous, united and inclusive nation. She said, the two countries remain united in overcoming the challenges posed by cross-border terrorism and safe havens and sanctuaries. The Minister said, strategic partnership with Afghanistan is an article of faith for India. She said, India will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Afghanistan in realising their dreams.

Mrs Swaraj said, development of Chahbahar Port in trilateral cooperation with Iran is being expedited and India will supply wheat to Afghanistan in coming weeks through Chahbahar port. She said, 116 new High Impact Development Projects would be jointly implemented to bring socio-economic and infrastructure development in Afghanistan. She said, India’s focus will continue on building governance and democratic institutions, human resource capacity and skill development.

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