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India to help Afghanistan in space technology and security forces


After the 2nd Strategic Partnership Council Meeting, a joint statement between two nations stated that India will widen cooperation with Afghanistan in space technology by extending assistance in remote sensing.

A gift from New Delhi to its neighbours, India also welcomed Afghanistan’s participation in the South Asia Satellite (SAS) project, as the two sides exchanged an Orbit Frequency Coordination Agreement on the project. Except for Pakistan, all South Asian countries have participated in the satellite project, which was launched in May this year.

As a part of the 2nd Strategic Partnership Council Meeting, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani held talks on wide- ranging topics.

It was decided to implement 500 scholarships for graduate studies in India for the next-of-kin of martyrs of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces from the Academic year 2018-19 and expand the medical assistance for Afghan National Army personnel.

The Foreign Service Institute of India would also organise a workshop for Afghan diplomats in December 2017, including in consular matters. The two sides agreed to further cooperation in strengthening of the Afghan National Agricultural Sciences and Technology University in Kandahar as an agricultural university.

India also agreed to provide Afghanistan further assistance to strengthen its security forces as the two strategic partners decided to deepen security cooperation and resolved to work closely to deal with the challenge of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan.

After holding wide-ranging talks with her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said 116 new “high impact” development projects would be implemented jointly in 31 provinces of Afghanistan.

Thanking India for its unflinching support for peace and stability in Afghanistan, Mr Rabbani said both countries agreed to strengthen security cooperation. “India has further agreed to provide assistance for Afghan national defence forces.”

India has given four military helicopters to Afghanistan and imparted training to hundreds of Afghan security personnel.

Mr Rabbani said the current regional situation brings Afghanistan and India closer to protect and achieve their socioeconomic goal and protect citizens.