NSA Ajit Doval meets Afghanistan's top leadership


NSA Ajit Doval meets Afghanistan's top leadership

NEW DELHI: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited Afghanistan on Monday and met top leadership to discuss measures to stabilise the war torn country on a day when Quadrilateral group (US-Afghan-Pakistan-China) met in Muscat to explore peace talks with Taliban.

Doval was in Kabul at the invitation his counterpart Hanif Atmar and the visit could be viewed as an exercise to continue with India's high level engagement with Afghanistan close on the heels of Indo-Afghan trade meet here last month and SCO contact group meet in Moscow last week. India has stepped up its engagement with Afghanistan to secure its interests. 

NSA Doval called on the President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah. NSA Atmar hosted a working lunch for NSA Doval where the Ministers of Defence, Interior, NDS, Chief of Army Staff, Independent Directorate of Local Governance and senior officials of the National Security Council were also present. 

Both sides exchanged views on various facets of the bilateral strategic partnership and regional and global issues of mutual interest. They emphasised that bilateral and sincere regional cooperation is important for peace, security and stability in the region. Both sides welcomed the opportunities created by the new US strategy for bringing peace and security in Afghanistan. It was agreed to further strengthen strategic dialogue and consultations for achieving the shared objectives. 

Doval extended invitation on behalf of the Prime Minister of India to President Ashraf Ghani to visit India and this was accepted.

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