'India, US keen to help Afghan's economic growth'

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Shivshankar Menon
Washington, Oct 1: Addressing the need for development in the war-torn nation like Afghanistan, National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon said India and US have the same goal to establish a moderate democratic nation free from terrorism.

"Our goals in Afghanistan are consistent. For us, the goal is a peaceful moderate Afghanistan which is not in anarchy or a source of extremism or terrorism, a trouble for the entire region and ultimately for the world," Menon said at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think-tank.

He also said that both countries have their own capacities and strength to extend the growth of Afghanistan's economy. As of now India has committed $1.5 billion for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan was one of the major topics discussed when Menon met top Obama administration officials including secretary of state Hillary Clinton and US National Security Advisor Gen (Rtd) James Jones.

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