US President Donald Trump urged India to do more in Afghanistan on “economic assistance and development”
India – Afghanistandevelopment partnership
India recently stepped up its development partnership and committed to 116 new projects in Afghanistan
New Delhi also agreed to strengthen security cooperationand pointed out that the countries must stay united in dealing with the challenge posed by “cross-border terrorism” – an oblique reference to Pakistan.
The projects will be in the areas of education, health, agriculture, irrigation, drinking water, renewable energy, flood control, micro-hydropower, sports infrastructure and administrative infrastructure.
The two sides also signed four pacts,including one on vehicular movement to boost overland transitand another on a fresh batch of development projects by India in Afghanistan.
India agreed to extend further assistance for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in fighting the scourge of terrorism, organized crime, trafficking of narcotics and money laundering
Afghanistan stronglysupports India’s membership of the UN Security Council and other groupings and hoped that it would back Kabul’s entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).