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India, Britain discuss Afghanistan

Posted on Feb 19, 04:41PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 19 : India and Britain on Tuesday discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the threat from terrorists after withdrawal of NATO troops at the end of 2014.

Visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured to support the terrorism-hit nation in rebuilding even after NATO troops were withdrawn from there by December 2014.

Cameron after a meeting with Singh said: "We discussed the situation in Afghanistan and let me make it clear that Britain is not abandoning Afghanistan. We will continue to support Afghanistan even after our troops have left, through the training of the Afghan armed forces."

He said it would also be backed by long term and substantial economic aid to Afghanistan.

"All this is part of our broader international effort to continue to support Afghanistan's security and development and to make sure it will never again become a haven of terror," said Cameron.

Manmohan Singh said he had a very candid and productive discussions on regional and global issues and it included perspectives on the security and political transition in Afghanistan.

"I conveyed India's enduring commitment to assist Afghanistan through the transition and beyond, by supporting its economic growth and regional economic integration and helping develop its capacity for governance, development and security in accordance with our strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan," said Singh.

"We also had productive discussions on other issues in our immediate neighbourhood, including Iran and West Asia. We agreed to further intensify our cooperation in combating terrorism. We have also increased our engagement on cyber security," said the Indian Prime Minister.

With India having a difficult relationship with Pakistan in the neighbourhood and targetted by terrorists from the region, the country is worried over the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan scheduled in December 2014.