India, Afghanistan discuss terrorism which threatens region
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, April 26, IRNA -- The fight against terrorism and extremism topped the agenda of talks between PM Manmohan Singh and Afghan President Hamid Karzai as the two leaders met ahead of the SAARC summit.
“India remains committed to assist the people of Afghanistan. We discussed the issue of terrorism which threatens our region,” Singh said after talks with Karzai in New Delhi on Monday.
Karzai, who is in New Delhi on a two-day visit before going to Bhutan to attend the SAARC summit beginning 28th April, said he and Singh discussed the situation in Afghanistan and “our common struggle against terrorism and extremism.”
“We discussed the upcoming Afghanistan Peace Consultations which should comprise people of Afghanistan, those from all walks of life to advise on how to move forward for reintegration and reconciliation of those elements of Taliban and others who have accepted the Constitution or not part of the Al Qaeda or any terrorist network,” Karzai said.
Speaking about the attack on Indians in Afghanistan, he said, “I expressed my sympathy and condolences of Afghan people at the cowardly attacks on the Indian construction workers, the medical staff and the (Indian) embassy in Kabul.”
He also conveyed his gratitude to India for helping in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Singh said, “I had an extremely productive discussion with Mr. Karzai and discussed a whole range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. I look forward to working with Mr. Karzai”.
Earlier on Sunday night, Afghanistan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul met his India counterpart S.M. Krishna over dinner in New Delhi. Krishna conveyed New Delhi's sense of unease about the consequences of any power-sharing arrangement with the Taliban, sources said.
India has always opposed any artificial distinction between good Taliban and bad Taliban and regard any power-sharing deal as a threat to its interests and to regional stability, the sources said.
Rassoul, on his part, briefed the Indian side on the 'peace jirga', a meeting of tribal elders that is expected to be held next month after Karzai returns from visit to Washington.
End News / IRNA / News Code 1079266
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