Stable, peaceful Afghanistan our shared objective, Modi tells US Congress

Modi2US: The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is a shared objective of both India and the United States.

Modi made the remarks during a speech in the joint meeting of the US Congress during his visit to the country.
“A commitment to rebuild a peaceful, and stable and prosperous Afghanistan our shared objective,” Modi said.

Modi further added “Before arriving in Washington D.C., I had visited Herat in Western Afghanistan to inaugurate Afghan-India Friendship Dam, a 42 MW hydro-electric project built with Indian assistance.”

He noted the growing threats posed by global terrorism and said “Yet, Distinguished Members, not just in Afghanistan, but elsewhere in South Asia, and globally, terrorism remains the biggest threat.”

Commending the members of the U.S. Congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains, Modi said fight against terrorism has to be fought at many levels.

Modi insisted on deepening the security cooperation between New Delhi and Washington and based it on a policy that isolates those who harbour, support and sponsor terrorists.

He also added that the policy should not distinguish between “good” and “bad” terrorists; and that delinks religion from terrorism. -KP


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