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India supports Afghan government’s peace process

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, on Sept. 19, 2018. Xinhua

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have reviewed progress of the multi-faceted bilateral strategic partnership between their countries.

“The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the increase in bilateral trade that has crossed the 1 billion US dollars mark,” said a statement issued by the Indian Prime Minister’s office.

“The two leaders also appreciated the successful conclusion of the India-Afghanistan trade and investment show in Mumbai last week and expressed determination to strengthen connectivity, through Chabahar port and air-freight corridor.”

According to officials, Mr Modi reiterated India’s support to the Afghan government’s peace and reconciliation process.

Mr Ghani on Wednesday arrived in New Delhi on a day-long visit to meet Mr Modi.

“While expressing satisfaction at the coordination and consultation on activities at various international fora, the two sides agreed to strengthen this cooperation and also to work even more closely with their regional and international partners for prosperity, peace, stability and progress,” a spokesman said.

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