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New Delhi, Kabul discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation

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AT-KABUL: The Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday explored ways to expand bilateral cooperation.

Jaishankar and Karzai led the Indian and Afghan delegations in the foreign office consultations in New Delhi.

The two sides commended friendly relations between the two countries and discussed ways to expand bilateral security cooperation.

They also discussed possibilities of India’s support to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to provide them training and non-lethal weapons.

Karzai is the second senior official from the National Unity Government (NUG) after the National Security Advisor Muhammad Hanif Atmar to visit India.

The meeting came a week after Atmar’s visit to India. Atmar during his visit met with the Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar as well as his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval where they discussed India’s support to Afghanistan, particularly in combating terrorism in the region.