Karzai assures Singh of full security to Indians in Afghanistan
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Apr 26: Afghanistan is committed to providing full security to Indians in that country, President Hamid Karzai assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today.
The assurance came against the backdrop of New Delhi’s serious concerns over Taliban and extremist elements targeting Indians engaged in reconstruction work in the war-ravaged country.
Meeting for the first time after the February 26 attack in Kabul in which nine Indians were killed, Singh affirmed that India remains committed to assisting the government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts towards the reconstruction and development of that country.
Singh stated that India desired to see a strong, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, a joint statement issued after wide-ranging discussions he had with Karzai, said.
The two leaders voiced their grave concern over the threat posed by terrorism to Afghanistan’s national development efforts.
Conveying his outrage over the attacks on Indian nationals in Afghanistan, Karzai assured the Indian side that the “Government of Afghanistan is committed to providing full security to them. The Indian side welcomed these assurances, the statement said.
“President Karzai assured me that the government of Afghanistan will take all possible measures for the security of Indians in Afghanistan,” Singh said after his wide-ranging discussions with Karzai.
“We were of the view that the attacks of February 26, 2010, in Kabul were the handiwork of those who do not wish to seee the emergence of a strong, independent and pluralistic Afghanistan,” he said.
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