India, Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement

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  1. ejazr

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    Karzai to brief Manmohan on Afghan developments next week - The Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about recent developments in the ongoing reconciliation process in the country in a meeting on Tuesday. On a two-day visit to India starting the same day, Karzai is expected to discuss the role of ISI in fomenting terror and its links with the Haqqani network which was blamed for the recent attack on the US embassy in Kabul.

    Karzai will be in India at the invitation of the Observer Research Foundation where he will address a gathering on Wednesday. Government sources said that the two leaders will discuss the situation arising out of the assassination of the chairman of High Peace Council, Burhanuddin Rabbani.

    Foreign minister S M Krishna will call on the Afghan President on Wednesday. With international forces in the country preparing for the impending drawdown, the country has seen a spurt in violence in the past few months. Karzai comes here at a time when the US is said to be increasingly becoming disillusioned with him over his ability to deliver on the reconciliation process.

    The US-Pakistan relations too seem to have hit an all-time low with Washington launching a public diatribe against Pakistan after fresh disclosures about the role of Pakistan-backed Haqqani network and ISI in attacks against Americans.

    In a strong public condemnation of Pakistan, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week that Pakistan's ISI was actively supporting the Haqqani network extremists who, he stressed, have targeted US forces in Afghanistan.

    Reacting to disclosures, Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday that Mullen's remarks only vindicated what India has been saying along. "There is now a growing awareness of the groups who indulge in these nefarious activities and we have to take notice of that," Singh told journalists aboard his special aircraft when asked about Mullen's remarks.

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    Well this would be a crucial visit. It is about time that India really steps up to the plate and brings about a well thought out strategy to make sure Afghanistan doesn't become a terrorist breeding ground.
     
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  3. ejazr

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    Indo-Afghan strategic pact to be inked during Karzai visit - Indian Express

    India and Afghanistan will sign a historic strategic partnership document during President Hamid Karzai’s visit to India next week. The agreement will build on the understanding reached between the two countries when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Kabul in May. It will be Afghanistan’s first strategic agreement with any country.

    While the agreement will include an Indian commitment to assist and train Afghan national security forces, the nature of such assistance will be determined by Kabul, sources said.

    India is already running several training courses in India, and increasing the number of Afghan security officials in Indian academies. It may play a larger role in developing the Afghan police force.

    The strategic partnership document will institutionalise regular dialogue at the level of the National Security Adviser, which will focus on cooperation in sensitive security aspects of the relationship. Like in other spheres of the partnership, sources said, New Delhi will not look to dictate the pace and scope of security cooperation, and would rather want Kabul to take the lead.

    Karzai’s visit comes at a time when Afghanistan-Pakistan relations are strained. On Friday, in a statement issued in Kabul, Karzai mentioned India along with the US and Europe as future partners with whom it might “work closely” rather than trying to negotiate with Taliban groups.

    “Despite three years of talks, coming and going, good intentions and efforts made by Afghanistan for peace and the initiation of good relations with Pakistan, the Pakistani government has not taken any measures for closing down its terrorist safe havens nor prevented training and equipping of terrorists on its soil,” Karzai said.

    Afghanistan’s policy shift has been provoked by the assassination of former president Buhranuddin Rabbani. Initial investigations have apparently shown that the assassins came from Quetta, where they received training. Kabul has sought Islamabad’s cooperation in the probe, and is learnt to have passed on evidence through US interlocutors.

    With US and NATO troops on pullout mode, New Delhi has intensified efforts to strengthen its partnership with Afghanistan. Singh’s visit in May was meant to lay the basis of this partnership. Both sides agreed to raise the profile of their relationship and negotiate an agreement.

    Broadly, the agreement will have political, economic and people-to-people components, and will be piloted by a partnership council headed by the two foreign ministers. Several joint working groups will be set up in due course. Besides peace and security issues, the agreement will institutionalise regular consultations on forging common positions at the UN and other international bodies.

    The Cabinet Committee on Security is expected to give its approval to the agreement ahead of Karzai’s arrival.
     
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    Sonia might has as well gone to Afghanistan. Now the channel of communication has just lengthened :lol:.
     
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    Only TimesofIndia will come up with such an arrogant headline. Yeah right, we are Afghanistans paymasters, they have to brief us about developments. Bunch of clowns in TOI.
     
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    Karzai turns to India, seeks solidarity

    Karzai turns to India, seeks solidarity

    NEW DELHI: Afghanistan and India, two nations united in their suspicion of Pakistan, are set to forge closer ties Tuesday as Afghan president Hamid Karzai visits New Delhi during a highly unstable time in South Asia.

    He is arriving in Delhi today (Tuesday) on a two-day visit described by the Indian side as an opportunity for both countries to consolidate their strategic partnership and discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

    The Afghan president, making his second trip to the Indian capital this year, will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against a backdrop of shifting relations in the war-wracked and nuclear-armed region.

    Some analysts in India predict that Karzai will elevate the role of India in stabilising his violence-torn country as he eyes a drawdown of US-led troops by 2014 after more than a decade of fighting.

    They argue that Karzai is losing patience with Pakistan, which he accuses of funding militant groups, and is unable to count on the United States.

    "Karzai's visit comes at a crucial juncture to endorse India's involvement in Afghanistan," Saeed Naqvi from the Observer Research Foundation think-tank told AFP.

    "Karzai is coming to India to confer on India the tag 'reliable ally'... India will get the right to play a more pronounced role (in Afghanistan) after Karzai's visit."


    The Indian Express newspaper reported on Sunday that the Afghan leader would sign a "strategic partnership" agreement with Singh, the first such pact with any country in the world.

    The proposed alliance, which foreign ministry officials declined to confirm, was said to include an Indian commitment to increase its training of Afghan security forces, including the police.

    Indian involvement in Afghanistan is extremely sensitive because of the delicate and often deadly power games in South Asia.

    New Delhi, fearful of the return of an Islamist regime in Kabul, has ploughed billions of dollars of aid into the country to gain influence -- raising suspicion in Pakistan, which views Afghanistan as its backyard.

    But anger in Kabul about the recent death of former president and peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani -- killed by a Pakistani citizen, according to Karzai's office -- is seen as pushing Afghanistan further into India's orbit.

    "After all the destruction and misery, the double-game towards Afghanistan and the use of terrorism as an excuse still continues," Karzai said of Pakistan on Monday evening before leaving for his two-day trip to New Delhi. (AFP)


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    Karzai accuses Pakistan of 'double game' over militants

    3 October 2011

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a thinly veiled attack on Pakistan, has said a "double game" is being played in the fight against militants.

    Mr Karzai said Pakistan had not co-operated on security issues "which is disappointing for us", but insisted talks with Islamabad should continue.

    He said he would convene a loya jirga (Afghan assembly) following the killing of peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani.

    Afghan investigators say Rabbani's killer was a Pakistani.

    They have laid the blame on the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network and also accused Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, of involvement - a charge Islamabad denies.

    Rabbani had been tasked with negotiating with the Taliban, but was killed by a suicide bomber claiming to be a peace envoy from the insurgents.

    After the killing on 20 September, Mr Karzai said Kabul would no longer hold peace talks with the Taliban but would instead focus on dialogue with Pakistan.


    'Sacred hope'

    In his televised address on Monday, he described Afghanistan and Pakistan as "inseparable brothers" but added: "Despite all destructions, calamities and problems, faced by both our country and Pakistan, a double-standard game and [the use of] terrorism as a tool continued.

    "The Pakistan Islamic government has not co-operated with us to ensure peace and security in Afghanistan, which is disappointing for us."

    He said peace was "the sacred hope" of the Afghan people but "it should be defined whom should we make peace with".

    "In reality we are confronted with governments not the forces which are dependent on them. Therefore we should talk to the main side, which has got the authority."

    The BBC's Paul Wood in Kabul says that was a barely veiled reference to Pakistan, which is blamed by Mr Karzai for most of the troubles in his country.

    The president added: "In a traditional loya jirga, which will be held soon, the representatives of Afghanistan will be asked [about the situation] and we will do according to their wishes."

    Not for the first time, the Afghan leader castigated Nato for fighting "the wrong war in the wrong country", saying: "Terrorism is not here."

    Earlier, a key leader of the Afghan militant group, the Haqqani network, told the BBC it was not responsible for killing Rabbani.

    Siraj Haqqani also told BBC Pashto that the group was not linked to the ISI.

    Pakistan has angrily rejected allegations of involvement in the Rabbani killing.

    Its foreign ministry said in a statement: "Instead of making such irresponsible statements, those in positions of authority in Kabul should seriously deliberate as to why all those Afghans who are favourably disposed towards peace and towards Pakistan are systematically being removed from the scene and killed."

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    Afghan President arrives in India, global terror on agenda

    New Delhi: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived on Tuesday on a two day visit to India. Both countries are expected to boost their strategic partnership and take stock of the situation in Afghanistan.

    Apart from meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Karzai is also expected to meet External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon.

    This will be the third meeting between the Prime Minister and Karzai this year and it comes in the backdrop of Afghan opposition leader Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination, giving a setback to the peace talks with the Taliban.

    Karzai's visit comes in the backdrop of controversy over the alleged nexus between Pakistan and the Haqqani group.

    Karzai has been jolted by the assassination of Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani - suspected to have been killed by the very Taliban he was meant to make peace with.

    The Afghan government has openly blamed a Pakistani for the assassination - while quietly accusing the ISI for involvement.


    The fallout has been swift between Karzai and the Taliban with the former giving up talking to the
    Taliban directly. He has also suspended all US-Afghanistan-Pakistan talks.



    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/afghanistan-president-karzai-arrives-in-india/190068-3.html
     
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    Afghanistan signs pact with India, irking Pakistan

    Afghanistan signs pact with India, irking Pakistan - seattlepi.com

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Afghanistan signed a strategic partnership with India on Tuesday, a move likely to enrage neighboring Pakistan at a time when its relations with the Afghans and the West are sharply strained over alleged links of its spy agency to militants blamed for high-profile attacks across the border.

    The Pakistanis consider India their chief adversary in the region, and the two countries have fought three major wars since the two were carved out of British India in 1947.

    The strategic pact is Afghanistan's first with any country, and its timing sparked speculation of a shift in regional alignments after Afghan President Hamid Karzai chastised Pakistan for failing to act against Taliban-led insurgents based in Pakistan.

    The announcement in New Delhi came as an Afghan government commission investigating the assassination of the country's former President Burhanuddin Rabbani accused Pakistan of not cooperating, after alleging that Pakistani intelligence officials also had advance knowledge of the plot.

    Pakistan says it is cooperating and denies involvement in the Sept. 20 killing of Rabbani, who was trying to broker peace with the Taliban. Its spy agency has been accused of backing the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, blamed for a series of attacks in Afghanistan including a recent assault on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in the capital, Kabul.

    Karzai had said over the weekend he was giving up on negotiating with the Taliban directly, and accused Pakistan of doing little to help rein in terrorists.

    It's an allegation familiar with Indians, who blame Pakistan-based insurgents for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people and accuse Islamabad of doing little to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    After meeting Tuesday, both Karzai, who was educated in India, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke about the need for regional peace and prosperity, saying their countries envision a shared future free of extremism and violence.

    "Afghanistan recognizes the danger that this region is facing through terrorism and the radicalism that's been used as an instrument of policy against civilians, against innocent citizens of our countries," Karzai told reporters.
    But he also emphasized the need for broad regional cooperation, saying his country would "aspire to a life that is free of violence, and will seek cooperation and understanding from the members of this region, including our other neighbors."

    Singh emphasized the countries' historical and cultural links and said the two leaders discussed terrorism in detail. "The people of Afghanistan have suffered enough. They deserve to live in peace and decide their future themselves, without outside interference, coercion and intimidation," Singh said.

    The strategic partnership — "based on mutual understanding and long-term trust" — outlines areas of common concern including trade, economic expansion, education, security and politics.

    The two sides also signed deals to boost cooperation in mining, oil and gas.
    "Afghanistan will benefit from India's expertise," Karzai said, while thanking India for years of economic aid without conditions.

    The timing of Karzai's visit, which followed days of sparring with Islamabad, was a coincidence, analysts said, noting the countries upgraded his trip to a bilateral meeting only after Karzai agreed to deliver a lecture Wednesday at a New Delhi event organized by a think tank.

    Karzai had softened his tone on Monday by asking again for Pakistan's help in bringing terrorists to task. The allegations, coupled with the calls for continued help, illustrate Afghanistan's frustration in trying to end a decade of fighting that began with the U.S. invasion after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: Even as Pakistan has ties to groups behind the insurgency, it would be of central importance in any effort to bring about a negotiated peace.

    Analysts said that negates the speculation about a strategic realignment, even though the friendship with India was bound to grow as the U.S. looks to scale back its military presence in the region over the next few years.

    "Everybody keeps options open depending on how the solution evolves," said a former Indian diplomat in Pakistan, G. Parthasarthy, adding that it would serve no one's interest for Afghanistan and India to join together in snubbing their volatile neighbor.

    "That sort of pressure would only unite people in Pakistan behind the military, and we don't exactly love the military," Parthasarthy said. "The Afghans are pragmatic people. There is a dependence on Pakistan they can't wish away," including the need for access to the sea, he said.

    Afghanistan and Pakistan have long been uneasy allies against the Taliban insurgency, largely because of a long history of Pakistani governments backing insurgents as a way to keep a check on Afghan administrations.
    India's policy on Afghanistan, meanwhile, has been to support international action led by the United States over the past decade while staying out of political and security issues so as not to antagonize Pakistan.

    However, the U.S. has signaled a readiness over the past year for India to play a more active part.
    "The U.S. is now willing to let India play a larger role in Afghanistan, and certainly Afghanistan wants it," said analyst Lalit Mansingh, a former Indian foreign secretary and ambassador to Washington. "After years of being sidelined, India is now regarded very much as part of the solution."


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    It will surely anger Pakistan.

    What is more important to observe is that while the Pact was signed with Afghanistan, the Defence Minister was making unscheduled visits to Tajikistan where he was warmly received and then flew in to Russia.

    That the void after the US leaves Afghanistan will not be discussed will surely be on the cards since all have interest in the stability of Afghanistan and in no way want the Taliban back into power to create instability and chaos that will affect the geopolitical situation in the part of the world.

    While the access to the sea is through Pakistan, but Afghanistan now has an excellent highway link Delaram - Zaranj constructed by the Indian BRO that links Chahbahar in Iran, a port that was also constructed by the Indians.

    The relations of the Afghan Govt with Iran is quite cordial given that Iran is soft on the Northern Alliance people as also has an animus for Pakistan.
     
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    MEA - Text of Agreement on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

    October 04, 2011

    The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of India, hereinafter referred to as "the Sides",

    RECOGNISING the time-tested and friendly relationship between the two countries, underpinned by historical and cultural ties;

    EMPHASISING the fundamental and lasting importance of the Treaty of Friendship between the Government of India and the Royal Government of Afghanistan of 4 January 1950, and subsequent Agreements and Joint Statements;

    PROCEEDING from a desire to further strengthen their traditional and historical ties to mutual benefit;

    DRAWING upon their rich and fruitful tradition of cooperation in various fields since the establishment of their diplomatic relations;

    CONVINCED that the further comprehensive development of their bilateral ties would promote progress and prosperity in both states and the region as a whole;

    APPRECIATING the significant expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries and, in this context, the sincere and generous assistance that the Republic of India has provided to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan over the past ten years;

    SEEKING to impart a long term commitment to their multifaceted bilateral relations and to actively develop them in political, development, economic, trade, scientific, technological, cultural and other fields in the years ahead;

    CONFIRMING their adherence to the common ideals of peace, democracy, rule of law, non-violence, human rights and fundamental freedoms;

    REAFFIRMING their commitment to international law, including to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter;

    Hereby proclaim the establishment of relations of Strategic Partnership, as laid out in the following paragraphs:

    GENERAL PRINCIPLES

    1. This Agreement, based on mutual understanding and long term trust between the Sides, envisages the elevation of the multifaceted ties between the two countries to higher levels, both in the bilateral field and in the international arena.

    2. The Strategic Partnership between the Sides is based upon the principles of sovereignty, equality and territorial integrity of States, non-interference in their internal affairs, mutual respect and mutual benefit.

    3. The Strategic Partnership between the Sides is not directed against any other State or group of States.

    POLITICAL & SECURITY COOPERATION

    1. The Sides agree to engage in close political cooperation and, in this respect, establish a mechanism for regular bilateral political and Foreign Office Consultations. Political consultations will be led by Foreign Ministries of both countries and include summit level consultations convened at least once a year.

    2. The Sides agree to consult and cooperate at the United Nations and other international, regional and multilateral fora. Such cooperation is to be aimed at influencing decision-making in these fora in the interest of both countries. Cooperation at the UN and multilateral fora would include:

    (a) Joint initiatives on key regional and international issues;
    (b) Support for the reform and expansion of the United Nations Security Council, including a permanent seat for India in the Council.

    3. The Sides agree to establish a Strategic Dialogue to provide a framework for cooperation in the area of national security. The Dialogue will be led by NSAs and involve regular consultations with the aim of intensifying mutual efforts towards strengthening regional peace and security.

    4. Security cooperation between the Sides is intended to help enhance their respective and mutual efforts in the fight against international terrorism, organized crime, illegal trafficking in narcotics, money laundering and so on.

    5. India agrees to assist, as mutually determined, in the training, equipping and capacity building programmes for Afghan National Security Forces.

    TRADE & ECONOMIC COOPERATION


    1. The Sides commit to strengthening trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation, as well as cooperation between other bodies of business and industry representatives, with a view to expanding trade and economic relations.

    2. In the interest of Afghanistan's sustainable development, and furthering economic interdependence between the two countries, the Sides commit to deepening and diversifying cooperation in sectors such as agriculture, rural development, mining, industry, energy, information technology, communications, transport, including civil aviation, and any other areas that the Sides may agree on.

    3. The Sides agree to take effective measures to create a favourable environment to promote trade and investment. The measures shall include, among others:

    (a) Enhancing investment protection;
    (b) Simplifying customs and other procedures and promoting the removal of non-tariff barriers, and gradually lowering tariff barriers;
    (c) Working towards the creation of air-cargo facilities for promotion of commercial exchanges;
    (d) Cooperating in the areas of banking and finance, and improving credit and insurance facilities and;
    (e) Enhancing cooperation and coordination at international trade, economic and financial bodies.

    4. To achieve a sustained expansion of bilateral trade and economic ties with a long term perspective, the Sides will establish effective mechanisms for interaction between Indian and Afghan entities. Specific measures will include:

    (a) Encouraging contacts between regions/provinces in both countries with a view to promoting trade, economic and cultural cooperation;
    (b) Mandating the relevant bodies of both countries to jointly explore the possibilities of regional trading arrangements with third countries;
    (c) Further enhancing the quality and international competitiveness of their goods by promoting cooperation between the institutions of quality assurance and standardization, and on new technologies; and
    (d) Encouraging greater cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce and Industries of both countries.

    5. Recognizing that regional economic cooperation is vital to the future economic prosperity of individual nations, the Sides agree to cooperate, both bilaterally and through regional organizations in promoting regional economic cooperation. Regional economic cooperation shall:

    (a) Envisage assisting Afghanistan emerge as a trade, transportation and energy hub connecting Central and South Asia and enabling free and more unfettered transport and transit linkages;
    (b) Focus on development of regional infrastructure projects;
    (c) Help facilitate the integration of the Afghan economy within the South Asian and global economies by opening markets for Afghan and Indian products for mutual benefit; and
    (d) Strengthen regional cooperation under SAARC, of which both sides are members.

    CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

    1. In the interest of Afghanistan's long-term, sustainable development, and building on the existing generous aid programme offered by India to Afghanistan, India commits to continue its assistance to the development and capacity building efforts in Afghanistan.

    (a) Cooperation will, among other areas of focus, concentrate on the agriculture, mining and health sectors, reflecting Afghanistan's priorities; and
    (b) India further commits to expand ongoing Small Development Projects (SDPs) for grass-root level development in the remote and rural areas.

    2. The Sides agree to establish institutional linkages between their respective governments by encouraging cooperation between Ministries/agencies of the two sides. India offers the experience of its own institutional, administrative, political and economic systems as references that Afghanistan can study and benefit from in the light of its own needs and realities.

    3. As part of its highly successful annual scholarship programme, and the broader strategy of support to higher education for Afghanistan, India will continue to expand education and training opportunities in India through the ICCR and ITEC scholarships, and multilateral-funded programmes.
    (a) Responding to the requirements of Afghanistan, India will explore avenues to expand scholarships in medical, engineering and management institutes of India; and
    (b) The Sides will also encourage and facilitate annual student exchange programmes at the school and university levels.

    4. As part of its capacity building support for the Afghan government, India will continue and expand technical, training and other capacity building support to the various departments in the three branches of government, including the Executive, Judiciary and the Parliament.

    5. In response to Afghanistan's need to strengthen its administration and governance at national and sub-national levels, India offers its experience of governance at the national, state, district and local body levels, and technical assistance in setting up a permanent, career-based civil service suitable for Afghan realities.

    SOCIAL, CULTURAL, CIVIL SOCIETY & PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE RELATIONS

    1. In pursuit of further expanding the existing people-to-people bonds that exist between the two countries, the Sides envisage greater exchanges between parliament, media, women, youth, sports, academic, cultural, intellectual and religious figures and bodies.

    2. Through the India-Afghanistan Foundation, the Sides will seek to promote social and cultural ties, with a focus on arts, literature, poetry and so on, and further expand the exposure to each others' cultural heritage and achievements.

    3. The Sides will encourage and promote greater exchanges between media organizations in their respective countries, within the framework of an independent and free media.

    4. Both Sides will work for the upliftment of women, their education and rights, and also for the poorer or weaker sections of their societies.

    5. To encourage and expand interaction and legitimate movement of people between the two countries, the Sides agree to simplifying rules and procedures for travel by citizens of both countries. The Sides intend to:

    (a) Promote tourist exchanges and cooperation between tourist organizations in both countries; and
    (b) Encourage sister-city agreements between the cities/provinces/states of the two countries.

    6. To facilitate legal cases involving nationals of one country in the other, the Sides will work towards agreements on mutual legal assistance in civil and criminal matters.

    7. To promote relations between civil societies and, in particular, enable intellectual exchanges, the Sides intend to establish India-Afghanistan Round Table consisting of eminent persons representing different fields.

    8. Both Sides agree to promote cooperation and exchanges in the field of sports.

    9. Both sides agree to share and learn from each others' experience of the values and institutions of democracy, including the sharing, distribution and devolution of powers, relations between the Centre and States/Provinces, electoral reforms etc.

    10. The Sides agree to establish parliament-to-parliament exchanges between the two countries by organizing visits of parliamentary delegations and establishing parliamentary friendship groups in the two countries.

    IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISM


    1. This Strategic Partnership would be implemented under the framework of a Partnership Council, which will be headed by the Foreign Ministers of both countries. The Council will convene annual meetings.

    2. The Council will consist of separate Joint Working Groups on Political & Security Consultations, Trade and Economic Cooperation, Capacity Development & Education, and Social, Cultural and Civil Society, involving high level representatives from concerned Ministries/Authorities.

    3. The existing dialogue mechanisms between the two sides will become part of the Council.

    CONCLUSION


    The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of India go forward in this partnership, re-asserting the fundamental and lasting spirit of the Treaty of Friendship between the Government of India and the Royal Government of Afghanistan of 04 January 1950, which states: "There shall be everlasting peace and friendship between the two Governments who will further strive to maintain and strengthen the cordial relations existing between the people of their respective countries."

    Signed on the 4th October 2011 at New Delhi in four originals, each in Hindi, Pashto, Dari and English languages. However, in case of any discrepancy in the text or difference in interpretation, the English text shall prevail.

    (Manmohan Singh) (Hamid Karzai)
    Prime Minister President
    of the Republic of India of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
     
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    a nation that cries of sovereignty, but dont respect others.
    a nation that cries for externally sponsored terror movt in its territory but pursue same in other nations.
    a nation that seeks independence interference by other nations in its domestic polity but think its his birth right to meddle with others.
    talks of peace but only unilateral.
    talks of being justifiable but never with others only with self.

    this nation is .............( exercise for home )
     
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    There goes their strategic depth.
    Now, if we could only get Iran in the camp.................
     
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    this will more piss off chinese than pakistanis.
     
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    with love to pakistanis :D

     
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    Let's talk about how India plans to ensure Afghanistan's security, in the near and the medium term.
    What will be the extend of our work in the near term, and how are we going to maintain logistics?
     
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    Dovah Untermensch Senior Member

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    I really doubt we are going to send troops over there, the hard work would have to be done by the Afghans themselves. We can offer their armed forces training, equipment and if they do succeed in improving security conditions a lot of investments in the country.
    It would be a fallacy on our part if we try to make them a client like Pakistan is to China our aim should be to make Afghanistan stable and negate Pakistan's strategic depth rather than use it as another front.
     
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    Agreed, but for us to do any business economic or military, we need a supply route to begin with. It is less expensive for us to make Afghanistan a viable military and economic power, than stationing our own soldiers there for another front, we could have bases with small presences, especially for Intelligence.
     
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    Thanks for the add, it is indeed a very important objective.
     
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    India has signed a pact that covers the military, infrastructure building and mining with Afghanistan a day or two ago.

    India trains Afghan officers in the military academies.

    India has to set up a Military academy in Afghanistan and regimental centres (to train the troops).

    To be able to carry out infrastructure building and mining, India has to have sanitised working environment.

    It will require adequate protection in the form of troops/ civil security agencies.

    If India is serious, it is feasible.
     

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