India pledges development help to Afghanistan

13 Aug 18

India is helping Afghanistan with a number of projects to boost development and improve capacity building, education, healthcare and governance.

This year India has given Afghanistan 170,000 tonnes of wheat and 2,000 tonnes of pulses, as large parts of the country are suffering from drought.

Officials from both countries have decided to implement several projects in “the near future”, including low cost housing for returning refugees in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan and the construction of a road connecting parts of the Bamyan province. 

The countries discussed the projects during the second meeting of the India-Afghanistan Joint Working Group on Development Cooperation in Kabul on Thursday.

The working group also reviewed the ongoing development projects, an Indian government statement said.

These have varied over a areas such as capacity building infrastructure, education, healthcare, governance and human resource development, it said. 

Both sides were satisfied with the completion of its projects such as the Afghan parliament building, the Afghan-India Friendship Dam and the first phase of the Chabahar port, which they said will strengthen trade and economic relations.  

India used the port to make deliveries to Afghanistan.

Officials from both countries also highlighted the importance of the safety and security of Indian personnel working on the development projects in Afghanistan.

The Afghan officials assured their cooperation and efforts in ensuring the security of the Indian workers.

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