Joint Press Release Regarding Third Meeting Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation Between India and Afghanistan
The Third Meeting of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan was held in Kabul on September 10, 2018. Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, H.E. Hekmat Khalil Karzai, and Foreign Secretary of India, Honorable Vijay Gokhale co-chaired the meeting.
The outcome of the 1st and 2nd meetings of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan were reviewed and assessed positively. Both sides stressed the need to continue working together towards a stable, peaceful and prosperous region that is free from terrorism and extremism.
Both side discussed Indian assistance to Afghanistan and regional issues of mutual interest to the two countries. The two sides also agreed that bilateral cooperation between India and Afghanistan further strengthens political and economic stability in the region.
Both sides agreed to strengthen security cooperation between the two countries. The Indian side reiterated its support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
The two sides also expressed satisfaction over the successful completion of several development projects such as the Afghan Parliament building, Storay Palace, Afghan-India Friendship Dam. They agreed to further enhance their development cooperation, including high impact community development projects and infrastructure projects within their New Development Partnership.
Both sides agreed to hold the 4th meeting of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan in New Delhi on mutually convenient dates in 2019.
September 10, 2018