India-Afghanistan Relations: Moving From Strength To Strength
eGov|May 2019

India’s engagement in Afghanistan gained momentum with its continued assistance for socio-economic development ensuring greater connectivity and regional integration. India’s cooperation is based on the priorities of the people of Afghanistan, writes Neelapu Shanti, a journalist formerly associated with the Government of Afghanistan.

Neelapu Shanti

India-Afghanistan relations existed for thousands of years. Such links stem not only from shared interests but also from the profound and enduring cultural values that we share. Afghanistan remains the top priority as a steadfast friend and an important partner of India. The bonding of the two nations provides a solid foundation in the maintenance of peace, stability and inclusive prosperity. The IndiaAfghanistan friendship corridor encapsulates promoting development partnership as envisaged in the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) of 2011.

India’s bilateral and regional commitments are in continuity for Afghanistan’s development and humanitarian needs. India’s cooperation with Afghanistan encompasses building infrastructure and institutional capacity for growth and development of the war-torn nation. India has been supporting Afghanistan in Confidence Building Measures (CBM’s) of Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) which includes chambers of commerce cooperation, commercial opportunities, regional infrastructure, and education.

India supports ‘Afghan-led’ and ‘Afghanowned’ government with a broad vision and believes that regional cooperation is an important element in helping Afghanistan for the restoration of peace and development in a country which has witnessed more than 17 years of war and bloodshed.

India’s Assistance in Afghanistan

India’s engagement in Afghanistan gained momentum with its continued assistance for socio-economic development ensuring greater connectivity and regional integration. India’s cooperation is based on the priorities of the people of Afghanistan. The prolonged war in Afghanistan has dwindled growth and prosperity. India stood solidly by Afghanistan in the crucial phase of instability by extending its support for unified, sovereign, democratic, peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. India’s assistance in capacity and capability sphere of Afghanistan includes agriculture, education, health, skill development, empowerment of women and energy infrastructure have grown from strength to strength.

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