Sushma Swaraj in her first trip to Afghanistan in the backdrop of withdrawal of NATO-troops by the end of the year met President Hamid Karzai. She expressed willingness of India to do everything possible to work with Afghanistan for its redevelopment and reconstruction. She let out clear signals that India is ready to explore defence and security partnership with the country.
At a government organized function she stated that people of Afghanistan have sacrificed a lot for a strong, independent, united and prosperous country and India shares their vision and aspirations for a better tomorrow. Swaraj stated that Afghanistan is India’s first strategic partner is facing a critical transformation especially as the NATO forces withdraw.
She also inaugurated a new USD 40 million Indian Embassy building in the heart of Kabul, fitted with an integrated security system. She reinforced Indian commitment in reconstruction of Afghanistan. It has already invested USD 2 billion in aid and also imparted suitable training to Afghan soldiers. She said that India will speeden development projects in the country and announced India’s contribution of US$ 1 million for plan to develop a National Flag Monument site into a public area.
In the recent videos which claim to resurgence and re-emergence of Taliban and Al-Qaeda, this visit becomes more pronounced in geopolitical dimensions.