President Ashraf Ghani spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the evolving security situation in the region on Monday, against the backdrop of a spike in terrorist violence in Afghanistan.
The two leaders had a phone conversation and exchanged greetings on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
Ghani thanked Modi for timely supply of food and medical assistance to meet Afghanistan’s requirements, according to an official statement.
“The two leaders also exchanged views on the evolving security situation in the region and other areas of mutual bilateral interest,” the statement said, adding Modi had reiterated India’s commitment to the Afghan people “in their quest for a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Afghanistan”.
This coincided with a meeting between acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Haneef Atmar and the Indian Ambassador to Kabul Vinay Kumar.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they “reflected on the importance of the ceasefire” between the Afghan government and the Taliban during Eid al-Adha and saw it as a positive step towards establishing lasting peace in the country.
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Both sides then deliberated on important issues such as the upcoming Peace Consultative Loya Jirga, the importance of further strengthening regional consensus on the Afghan peace process, the need for an immediate start of negotiations, and Indian assistance to Afghanistan in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
In closing, Kumar reiterated the Indian government’s continued commitment to Afghanistan.
Atmar expressed appreciation for Indian support and reiterated the commitment of the Afghan government towards further expanding and strengthening bilateral relations between the two nations.