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India committed to reconstruction and development of Afghanistan: MEA

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India has conveyed to prominent Afghan leader Ata Mohammad Noor that it is committed to reconstruction and development of Afghanistan, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. The former governor of Balkh Province held talks with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday.

Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Anurag Srivastava said the current situation in Afghanistan including the peace process and increasing number of incidents of violence in that country figured in the talks.

“We reiterated our long-term commitment towards reconstruction and development of Afghanistan,” Srivastava said at a media briefing.

The Taliban and the Afghan government are holding direct talks, aimed at ending decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of people and ravaged various parts of Afghanistan.

India has been a major stakeholder in the peace and stability of Afghanistan. It has already invested $2 billion in aid and reconstruction activities in the country.

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