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Terror poses grave threat to Afghanistan, region: Modi

Terror poses grave threat to Afghanistan, region: Modi

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Dec 04, 2016 - 12:41

NEW DELHI (Pajhwok): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Heart of Asia Conference is reaffirmed the commitment of the international community to durable peace and lasting political stability in Afghanistaninfo-icon, facing the gravest threat from terrorism and externally induced instability. 

"Growing terrorist violence endangers our entire region. As such, support for voices of peace in Afghanistan alone is not enough," said Modi at the sixth ministerial conference in the northern Indian city of Amritsar in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani..

Pledges of support must be backed by resolute action, not just against forces of terrorism, but also against those who supported, sheltered, trained and financed them, the premier remarked, saying bilateral and regional commitments of material assistance for Afghanistan’s development must increase.

He said help to Afghanistan was focused on building and strengthening its social, political and institutional fabric, securing its territory and citizens from externalinfo-icon threats, spurring its economic development and stitching a prosperous future for its people.

"Indeed, this is also the intent of this conference, aptly captured in its theme, Addressing challenges; Achieving prosperity'," observed Modi. "We have no doubt about the scale of the challenge. But, we are equally determined to succeed." Modi said the results of collective efforts thus far had been mixed.

Important successes had been achieved, but more had to be done, he noted, saying gains of the last 15 years must be preserved. "Because, at stake is not just the future of Afghanistan, but the peace and stability of this entire region and beyond." 

An Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled process was the only guarantor of durability of solutions, the prime minister said, calling for cooperative endeavours in Afghanistan to contribute to its infrastructure and institutional capacity.

"Afghanistan should be at the centre of our connectivity networks, not peripheral to them. On our part, we see Afghanistan as the hub for strengthening links of connectivity between South Asia and Central Asia. 

"We cannot deny that the more connected Afghanistan is with the regional arteries of trade, capital and markets, the more assured would be its economic growth and progress. President Ghani and I have converged on the priority of strengthening trade and transport linkages with other partners in the region," said Modi. 

"President Ghani and I have discussed additional measures for deepening our bilateral cooperation. We are making progress in developing plans for utilization of the additional 1 billion US Dollar earmarked by India for capacity and capability building in Afghanistan," he said.

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