Afghan president calls on Modi, discusses terror, trade ties

Ghani who will visit New Delhi on Tuesday has issued a decree banning Pakistani trucks from entering Afghanistan. PTI File

Ghani who will visit New Delhi on Tuesday has issued a decree banning Pakistani trucks from entering Afghanistan. PTI File

"President Ghani will also give a public address at Vivekanand International Foundation", said the statement.

Following the secretary of state's surprise meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani-which was only reported after the fact-the US Embassy released a photo of the two men seated together in a room with large TV screens, a clock, and a fire alarm visible behind them, giving the location as the capital of Kabul.

He categorically said that Washington expected Islamabad to take "decisive action" against terrorist groups operating within Pakistan's boundaries.

In August, President Donald Trump unveiled his policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

"Our collaboration with India is very open".

According to a statement issued by India, the support extended by India in the defence and security fields, including training of thousands of Afghan defence and security personnel, was positively assessed with India agreeing to extend further assistance depending upon the needs of the Afghan defence and police forces. "More helicopters will be welcome", he added, with a smile.

Swaraj said that India was seeking tie with Afghanistan to expand in different fields.

The relations between Pakistan and the United States have witnessed marked improvement over the past few weeks following a series of recent interactions, including Prime Minister Abbasi and VP Pence's meeting in NY on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in NY. It was emphasised that renunciation of violence and terror; and closure of cross border safe havens and sanctuaries were essential for any meaningful progress and lasting peace.

Both sides will have the opportunity to review the entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership, including the New Development Partnership; hold consultations and coordinate on furthering the shared objective of promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and efforts to combat the menace of terrorism; and discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest, the MEA release said. The establishment of the air freight corridor was acknowledged as an important factor in providing Afghan farmers a direct and easy access to the Indian market.

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