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Afghanistan and India hold strategic meet in the aftermath of new US policy

Afghan-Indo-talksKABUL: Top Afghan and Indian officials are due to meet in New Delhi, the capital city of India, in the aftermath of the new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in a statement confirmed that the foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani will meet with the Indian officials during his visit to New Delhi.

The statement further added that Rabbani is accompanied by a delegation of high level Afghan officials.

The ministry also added that Kabul and New Delhi are expected to sign new contracts during the bilateral meetings.

In the meantime, local reports from India suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also meet with the Afghan officials besides meetings will be held between Foreign Minister Sushwa Swaraj with the Afghan officials.

The reports further add that the two sides will discuss regional security, bilateral ties, and other issues of mutual interest.

India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.

The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country.

In the meantime, the government of India announced a new aid package of $1 billion for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. -KP

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