A joint statement issued at the end of a day-long conference between the Afghan and Indian foreign ministers Monday in New Delhi said they have agreed to strengthen security cooperation, and India will extend assistance for the Afghan forces to fight terrorism, organized crime, trafficking of narcotics and money laundering.
India today agreed to provide Afghanistan further assistance to strengthen its security forces as the two strategic partners made a decision to deepen security cooperation and resolved to work closely to deal with the challenge of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan.
Rabbani is in India for the 2nd meeting of the India- Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Council that he co-chairs along with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
"We are indebted to them for ensuring safety of Indians working in Afghanistan", she said.
The Indian external affair's minister said more than a 100 new development projects would be implemented jointly. He said, these terror outfits are also targeting Afghanistan in league with Taliban, Al-Qaida and Daish.
She said that focus would be on "building governance and democratic institutions, human resource capacity and skill development".
India has given four military helicopters to Afghanistan and imparted training to hundreds of Afghan security personnel.
"We support national peace and reconciliation in an atmosphere free from violence and within the framework of Afghanistans Constitution", Swaraj said, reiterating that India would continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Afghanistan in realising their dreams. New Delhi also said it will step up connectivity projects between the two countries - which remains a key challenge in the landlocked country - and start sending wheat shipments in the coming weeks. "India also hopes to join the regional trade and transit Agreements that have Afghanistan at its heart".
He said Afghanistans friendship with India or any other country does not mean hostility with others in the neighbourhood.
Rabbani thanked India for its unflinching support for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The joint statement and Rabbani's assertion assume significance as US President Donald Trump's insistence of upholding the importance of India's role in war-torn Afghanistan's reconstruction and leaders of the BRICS nations naming the Lashkar and Jaish as terror threats in their summit-level meeting in China earlier this month.
Stating that both sides discussed measures for enhancing trade and investment cooperation, Sushma Swaraj said that India has liberalised its visa regime, especially for Afghan businessmen. The Afghan Foreign Minister arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a three day visit to India.