India to continue repair works in Afghanistan
"Our commitment is quite clear. I think what is important in Afghanistan is we should not look at it as a mere law and order situation," Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said.india Updated: Apr 19, 2008 20:19 IST
Notwithstanding militants' attacks on its nationals in Afghanistan, India on Saturday said it was committed to the reconstruction of the war ravaged nation.
"Our commitment is quite clear. I think what is important in Afghanistan is we should not look at it as a mere law and order situation," Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said at the India Global Forum in New Delhi.
Noting that India has committed over 850 million dollars in terms of assistance to Afghanistan, he said the real challenge for the international community is to enable creation of plural group and a stable society and economy in the restive nation.
"We have presence all over Afghanistan -- almost 4,000 Indians working there," Menon said pointing out that India's work in Afghanistan is truly crucial for the international effort.
On Sri Lanka, Menon said India wanted to help the situation in the island nation to create an involvement conducive for a negotiated political settlement without interfering in its internal affairs.
"We haven't succeeded yet and we will keep trying. The way forward, I think, is to keep trying to create an environment but we cannot be seen as trying to interfere in the internal politics," he said.