Afghanistan Prez Ashraf Ghani to visit India on 14 Sep, may seek military assistance

Ashraf Ghani will be arriving in India on 14 September on a two day visit to hold 'close consultations' on key issues with Narendra Modi during which India is likely to accede to Kabul's demand for increased military assistance.

PTI September 10, 2016 20:27:32 IST
Afghanistan Prez Ashraf Ghani to visit India on 14 Sep, may seek military assistance

New Delhi: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani will be arriving in India on 14 September on a two day visit to hold "close consultations" on key issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which India is likely to accede to Kabul's demand for increased military assistance.

Afghanistan Prez Ashraf Ghani to visit India on 14 Sep may seek military assistance

Ashraf Ghani. Reuters

Announcing the visit, External Affairs Ministry said the discussions between Ghani and Modi will cover a wide range of "matters of mutual interest".

"The upcoming visit will provide an opportunity to continue the close and frequent consultations between the two friendly neighbours, including at the highest level."  the ministry said in a statement. "Such interaction is the hallmark of their strategic partnership and has guided the strengthening of all-round cooperation between the two countries," the statement added.

Afghanistan has been demanding increased defence supplies, including lethal weapons from India, which for the first time gave four Mi-25 attack helicopters to the war-torn country last year. According to sources, India may accede to demand and announce such assistance.

Apart from holding discussions with Modi, who will also host a lunch in his honour, Ghani during his working visit will also interact with business community and deliver an address at a prominent think tank in New Delhi.

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