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India urges allies 'to stay the course' in Afghanistan

india Updated: Nov 06, 2009 23:12 IST

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Indian Premier Manmohan Singh on Friday urged the international community to "stay the course" in violence-wracked Afghanistan.

The call comes as US President Barack Obama weighs up whether to send more troops to the country and follows a decision by the United Nations to evacuate some of its staff.

"We are in this region and what happens in Afghanistan, what happens in Pakistan affects us intimately," Singh told reporters after talks with the European Union represented by Swedish premier Fredrik Reinfeldt.

"We appreciate the efforts of international community to stabilise Afghanistan and it is our sincere hope that the international community will stay the course."

The situation in the region was part of the agenda of the 10th India-EU summit in New Delhi on Friday, European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso told reporters after talks with Singh.

India, which has extended more than one billion dollars in humanitarian and developmental assistance to Afghanistan since November 2001, has suffered two car bomb attacks on its embassy in Kabul.