Afghan defence minister to hold talks with AK Antony on security ties

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    Afghan defence minister to hold talks with AK Antony on security ties - India - DNA

    Amid concerns over spurt in terror activities emanating from Pakistan, Afghan defence minister general Abdul Rahim Wardak will discuss situation in the region and security ties with India during his three-day visit starting tomorrow.

    "Accompanied by a high-level delegation, Wardak will hold talks with defence minister AK Antony where issues of bilateral cooperation including capacity building of the Afghan security forces are likely to be discussed," defence ministry officials said here.

    The meeting assumes significance against the backdrop of increasing terror activities in Pakistan and the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.

    India has been actively involved in the modernisation programmes in Afghanistan and is viewed as one of its trusted allies pushing for closer security ties with the war-torn nation.

    There have been periodic exchanges between the Armed Forces of the two countries since General Wardak last visited India in April, 2008. The Afghan Chief of General Staff, General Sher Mohammad Karimi had visited India in October last year.

    India has carried modernisation tasks worth over $1 billion after the Hamid Karzai government took over power there.

    The visit of Afghan defence minister to India marks another step in the steady progress in bilateral relations, particularly as his visit comes soon after the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's tour there earlier this month, officials said.
     
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    Afghan defence minister arrives today - The Times of India


    NEW DELHI: In keeping with its efforts to counter Pakistan's moves in strategically-located Afghanistan, India has rolled out the red-carpet for Afghan defence minister General Abdul Rahim Wardak during his visit here beginning Wednesday.

    Gen Wardak, heading a six-member delegation, is slated to hold extensive talks with his Indian counterpart A K Antony during the three-day visit. It comes soon after PM Manmohan Singh visited Kabul earlier this month to deepen the bilateral strategic partnership across the political, economic and security fronts.

    "Bilateral defence cooperation issues, including capacity building of the Afghan security forces, will be discussed during Gen Wardak's visit,'' said an official.

    India has been regularly training Afghan officers and other ranks at its military training institutions, ranging from the NDA and Indian Military Academy at Dehradun to the School of Artillery at Deolali, ever since the Karzai government came to office.

    Apart from several developmental projects like the construction of the 218-km Zaranj-Delaram road in war-ravaged Afghanistan, India has also posted some Army officers in the central Asian nation to teach basic military fieldcraft and English skills to the Afghan Army, apart from sending several military doctors to help at hospitals in Kandahar and elsewhere.
     
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