India on Sunday congratulated Afghanistan on the successful conduct of its presidential elections, saying these were an “important milestone in the people”s efforts to promote peace, security, stability, prosperity and democracy in their country”.
In a statement, India commended “the people, the government and the security forces of Afghanistan for the successful conduct of Presidential elections on September 28 amidst challenging circumstances”.
“We congratulate the Afghan people for once again demonstrating their faith in democratic governance and constitutional processes despite threats, intimidation and violence. These elections are an important milestone in people”s efforts to promote peace, security, stability, prosperity and democracy in their country,” the statement said.
Afghans across the country cast their votes in the third presidential election on Saturday by defying threats from militants who vowed to disrupt the process at any cost.
According to Afghan govt, 72,000 security personnel were deployed with 9.6 million people registered to vote. Election results will be announced on October 30.
India has been a key development partner of Afghanistan since 2001. India has always maintained any US-Taliban engagement must not jeopardize gains of the last 18 years.
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