India- Afghanistan meet on the sidelines of SAARC

Nov 12, 2011

 Addu City Nov 11: IndianPrime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday met Afghan President Hamid Karzai and is understood to have discussed with him the regional situation, particularly in the war-torn country.For Regional Cooperation summit. Singh and Karzai are understood to have reviewed the bilateral relations.The security situation in the region, particularly in Afghanistan, is also said to have figured in the talks.

After his meeting with Singh, Karzai said India is the first country with which Afghanistan has signed a strategic partnership, signifying a "very positive" relationship. Lauding India's generous developmental assistance to Afghanistan, he told private Indian channels that Afghan people are very grateful for that. He said India was a 'jigri dost' (close friend) while Pakistan was a twin brother of Afghanistan.

"India-Afghanistan partnership is very important for the two countries and also for the region... I hope we will work on creating a better environment for cooperation in the region, especially between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India," Karzai told the channels.

On whether he was prepared to share power with Taliban in future, the Afghan President said there was no such thing as sharing power. "It has to be done in accordance with Afghan Constitution ... which means power through the ballot." Asked if he was worried about the great game between India and Pakistan after US forces pull out of Afghanistan, he responded hoping that it would be a "great cooperative game."

( Rediff News)

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