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‘Afghanistan’s Future Is Linked With That Of India’s’

Afghan foreign minister on Indo-Afghan relations and the challenges before Afghanistan.

‘Afghanistan’s Future Is Linked With That Of India’s’
Jitender Gupta
‘Afghanistan’s Future Is Linked With That Of India’s’
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Afghan foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul was in New Delhi to hold talks with his Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna, and give meat to the ‘Strategic Partnership Agreement’ the two sides signed last year. He spoke to Pranay Sharma on Indo-Afghan relations and the challenges before Afghanistan. His visit comes at a time when the US and NATO troops’ deadline to leave Afghanistan draws closer, and when US president Barack Obama visited Kabul, where he and Afghan president Hamid Karzai signed an agreement governing the US presence after troop withdrawal in 2014.

What are Afghanistan’s expectations from India in terms of translating the Strategic Partnership into concrete initiatives, both in areas of economy and security?

India is already doing a lot for Afghanistan for the last 10 years. India is not a donor country but it has contributed over $ 2 billion and it has much more value because it has been spent on projects that we wanted to have and from which...

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