India pledges $1 bn in aid to Afghanistan


INDIA has promised $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan during a visit to New Delhi on Wednesday (September 14) by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, making a downpayment on stabilisation and reform ahead of a major donor conference next month. In a statement issued after meeting Ghani, prime minister Narendra Modi pledged the financial help to back India’s “abiding support for a unified, sovereign, democratic, peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan”. Both leaders expressed “grave concern at continued use of terrorism and violence in the region for achieving political objectives” – a veiled reference to common neighbour Pakistan, which denies sponsoring terrorism.…

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