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Afghan Foreign Minister calls on PM in New Delhi

india Updated: Jun 30, 2006 03:12 IST

Security cooperation between India and Afghanistan was among the issues discussed as visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Thursday evening.

Spanta, on his first visit to India since assuming office in April, is also understood to have discussed scope for increased assistance by India for reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.

Spanta will hold extensive talks on a wide-ranging bilateral issues on Friday with Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma.

Security of Indians working in Afghanistan is among the issues that are expected to come up for discussions during talks on Friday considering that Taliban has killed its two nationals and issued threats to several others.

"Security cooperation and India's contribution to reconstruction of Afghanistan will be the main issues of discussion during the visit," Afghanistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Sultan Asmat Baheen said ahead of the Minister's visit.

Noting that the developments in Afghanistan had impact on the entire region, he said Kabul would be discussing ways in which the two countries can cooperate in fighting terrorism together.

On the issue of assistance, Baheen said his country expected India to extend more support in this endeavour.

India, which has already committed $650 million (Rs 29.25 crore approx) to help Afghanistan stand on its feet again, is engaged in a number of developmental and reconstruction projects in that country in various fields like infrastructure, healthcare, social sector and education.

Baheen said Spanta will discuss a number of other issues with the leaders of India, a country with which Afghanistan enjoys very good relations.