Afghan, Indian officials discuss delivery of fourth Mi-25 gunship to AAF

India-deliver-gunship-to-AfghanistanThe Afghan and Indian officials discussed the delivery of the fourth and final Mi-25 gunship helicopter to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) as part of India’s support to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

The Office of the National Security Adviser said the Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra met with the National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar to discuss India’s continued support to Afghanistan.

The two sides also discussed the inauguration of Salma Dam while emphasizing to boost bilateral ties between the two nations and attracting regional support for security and stability of the country.

Afghanistan received three of the four Mi-25 gunship helicopters from India late in the month of December last year and days before the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kabul.

The decision for the delivery of Mi-25 gunship helicopters was concluded during the recent visit of Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar to New Delhi.

India has remained one of the key donors for the reconstruction of Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Since 2002, the Government of India has committed USD 2 billion dollars to the socio-economic rebuilding of the Afghan state and society in accordance with the development priorities of the Government and the people of Afghanistan. -KP

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