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Afghanistan should expand its relations with India, says experts

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Afghanistan should expand its relations with India, says experts

Political experts suggest strengthening trade ties with India; however, in a way that does not provoke a third country’s, Pakistan in particular, sensitivities.

Pakistan is widely seen to be anxious about the Indo-Afghan relationship, as India is expanding its role in the landlocked country’s reconstruction sector.

India’s role in the country was discussed at the Regional Studies Centre in Kabul where participants supported India’s influence in Afghanistan. A lawmaker from southeastern Paktika said that Kabul-Delhi ties had a long history and India has always been supportive of Afghan’s government and not a particular group.

“India is a good democratic model in the region that is worth following, “expressed Nadir Khan Katawazi, a member of the Wolesi Jirga. “Afghanistan could potentially taken advantage from India’s professional work force,” remarked the legislator.

Obama’s administration also motivates India to play proactive part in resolving Afghanistan’ problems. Washington tries to seek a trilateral relationship among India, Afghanistan and the U.S.A.

In a meeting on June 14, India and US agreed to a formal trilateral consultations with Afghanistan. India has given its commitment to help build a better future for Afghanistan by helping them with more than USD 2 billion for development, supporting the New Silk Road Initiative, hosting the investment conference at the end of the month, providing security, training and support.

Abdul Kabir Ranjbar, former parliamentarian, commented on Pakistan’s possible reaction towards the ties between India and Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan should be convinced that the Kabul-Delhi friendship in no way hurts its interest.

India’s robust economy and its improving relations with Pakistan and China would prove to be beneficial for Afghanistan. Regional Studies Centre Director Abdul Ghafoor Lewal characterised as imperative enhanced trade cooperation with India

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