India, Japan express resolve to help for a stable, democratic and terror-free Afghanistan

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Tokyo, Oct.25 (ANI): India and Japan on Monday expressed their resolve to assist Afghanistan in becoming a stable, democratic and pluralistic nation that is free of terrorism and extremism.

Expressing their commitment to help Afghanisatan, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan emphasized at the importance of a coherent and united international commitment to Afghan-led initiatives.

Japanese Prime Minister Kan said hat such a commitment encompasses security assistance, including assistance towards Afghan National Police, reintegration of insurgents, and development.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, however, emphasized at the importance of strengthening and adequate training of the Afghan National Security Forces so that they can defend the sovereignty and independence of Afghanistan.

Both the leaders concurred that the process of reintegration should not deviate from the principles expressed in the Kabul Conference.

The two Prime Ministers pledged to explore opportunities for consultation and coordination on their respective civilian assistance projects, including those projects implemented in the neighboring countries, that advance Afghan leadership and ownership and build civilian capacity, said a joint statement released at the end of India and Japan's bilateral talks here today. (ANI)

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