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PublishDate: Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:02

Afghanistan, India Discuss Development Projects

The JWG-DC is one of the four Joint Working Groups formed under the India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Council, which is headed by the External Affairs Minister of India and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Afghanistan.
The Strategic Partnership Council is mandated for the overall management of the strategic relationship between Afghanistan and India.
The Afghan and Indian officials had an exhaustive review of the large number of ongoing development projects spread over varied areas of cooperation such as capacity building, infrastructure, education, healthcare, good-governance and human resource development, said a statement by India’s External Affairs Ministry.
The two sides also expressed satisfaction over the successful completion of several development projects such as the Afghan parliament building, Afghan-India Friendship Dam, the first phase of Chabahar port and others, the statement said. 
The Afghan side highly appreciated India's timely assistance of 170,000 tons of wheat and 2,000 tons of pulses during this year when large parts of the country are suffering from drought, the statement said. 
The two sides also expressed satisfaction that these largescale deliveries were made from India to Afghanistan via Chabahar, highlighting the viability of Chabahar as a route for trade and commerce.
Afghan and Indian officials highlighted the importance of access through Chabahar port for strengthening trade and economic relations.
Encouraged by the high level of cooperation in the field of development assistance and deep mutual trust between the two sides, it was decided to take up several small, medium and largescale projects for implementation in the near future, the statement said.
The statement said the projects mainly include Shahtoot Dam, low-cost housing for the returning refugees in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, polyclinic in Mazar-e-Sharif, construction of a road connecting Band-e-Amir in Bamiyan province to the Bamiyan-Yakawlang Highway and many others.
According to the statement, the Afghan side assured their cooperation in ensuring the security of the Indian personnel.
The Indian side, the statement said, accepted the request for consideration of new projects, shared by the Afghan officials. 
“It was agreed that these projects will be examined and considered for implementation, based on the priorities of the people and the government of Afghanistan,” the statement said. 


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