India to step up defence, security aid to Afghanistan, but in no haste
India is all ready to step up its training of the Afghan police and military but will would do so gradually as demand comes from the country.
That was conveyed to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai who yesterday ended his five-day visit to India after holding delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and meeting President Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr Karzai during this visit focused on securing Indian investment in his country, for which enhanced security environment was a prerequisite.
"We are in no haste. We would do it step by step if requirements some up," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said when asked whether India would be enhancing its training of Afghan security personnel and stepping up security aid in other ways too.
He was talking to reporters after Dr Karzai delivered a lecture here last evening.
The two countries had last signed an agreement under which some senior Afghan officers were receiving training in India. A few hundred police and army officers have already been trained.
A possible resurgence of extremist forces in the wake of the US led western forces was causing worries both to India and Afghanistan, but India would like to tread cautiously in deciding the level and nature of its engagement in Afghanistan, about which Pakistan was already very sensitive.
"I don't think we should do anything in haste that could alarm people," Mr Khurshid said.