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Indian PM embarks on two-day visit to Afghanistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 12, IRNA -- India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday embarked on a two-day official visit to Kabul.

National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Prime Minister's special envoy to Afghanistan Satinder Lamba and several other senior officials are accompanying the prime minister.

During the visit, the PM is due to discuss terrorism, regional development and ways to step up India's assistance to the war-torn country with the Afghan officials.

“I look forward to wide ranging discussions with President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan leadership on ways to advance our partnership to a new level in the coming years. We will also exchange views on developments in the region and our common fight against the scourge of terrorism,” Dr. Singh said before leaving the country.

He said that India’s commitment to assisting the people of Afghanistan is enduring and has weathered many storms. Our development assistance commitment to Afghanistan is about US $ 1.5 billion. What is heartening is the support it enjoys among the Afghan people.

The prime minister last visited Afghanistan in 2005.

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