Afghan mission attack strengthened resolve to work together: Modi

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New Delhi, May 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat had only "strengthened" India's resolve to work together with the country, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said.

She said both leaders discussed the Herat attack during a meeting and Modi thanked Afghanistan for the assistance provided by the Afghan National Security Forces in repelling the attack on the Indian consulate.

"He (Modi) said the attack only strengthened our resolve to work together with Afghanistan," Sujatha Singh told the media.

Modi reiterated India's commitment towards the development and reconstruction of Afghanistan and its interest in seeing "a prosperous, independent and sovereign Afghanistan where the reconciliation process would be Afghan led, Afghan owned and Afghan controlled", she said.

On future relations with the country, Sujatha Singh said India was "deeply involved in Afghanistan" and had a "substantive aid assistance package" and was also "implementing several economic projects" in the country.

"We have good cooperation with the Afghan National Security Forces in training as well as other areas. We expect this cooperation to increase in the days to come and we have confidence that they will redeem themselves and do well in safeguarding Afghanistan's interests exactly in the manner that they came to our assistance in the attack on our consulate in Herat," she said.


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