Narendra Modi and Ashraf Ghani Hold Bilateral Talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (L) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave to the media outside Hyderabad House in Delhi, India, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held bilateral talks in Amritsar, India. They talked about various issues including cross-border terrorism and the decision to strengthen the cooperation of counter-terrorism between the two countries.

The two leaders agreed upon operationalizing $1 Billion for bilateral cooperation for capacity building, skill development, infrastructure building and connectivity linkages, including through a possible air corridor. The air corridor is said to give India leavarage in Afghanistan, as Pakistan denies transit links through its territory.

Modi and Ghani also discussed several aspects of the “close and friendly” relations, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. “Both leaders exchanged views on the common threat of terrorism, especially the cross border nature of the scourge which had caused immense suffering to the people of India and Afghanistan.

“In this context, the two leaders agreed to strengthen counter terror cooperation between the two countries, and enhance coordination at the U.N. and other relevant fora,” he said.

President Ghani who arrived in Amritsar late last evening for the Heart of Asia conference, described his experience as a “moving” one.

PM Modi said India would continue to support Afghanistan for peace and stability.

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