President Ghani Speaks with Indian Prime Minister over phone

President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a phone conversation today morning congratulated Nawroz to each other, calling the festival a cultural heritage of the two countries.

Given the good economic and political relations between Afghanistan and India, President Ghani said Afghanistan-India ties are grounded on mutual interests.

Prime Minister Modi once again extended congratulation to President Ghani on securing a second term in office and said election of Afghanistan’s leader by people and through a democratic process demonstrates the trust and commitment of Afghans to democratic principles and stressed that India will fully support democracy in Afghanistan.

President Ghani termed India’s support for Afghanistan significant and appreciated it. He lauded the Indian Prime Minister for his videoconference initiative held between the SAARC leaders on curbing the spread of coronavirus and expressed Afghanistan’s commitment to jointly work with SAARC and regional countries to combat the contagion.

Prime Minister Modi extended gratitude to the president for announcing assistance to the Covid-19 Emergency Fund and said it is a testimony to the importance, given by President Ghani, to promote cooperation through SAARC and is a significant step towards welfare in the region.

President Ghani underscored that the trade and economic cooperation with India should remain in place and further enhanced, particularly on purchasing of wheat and rice and said precautionary measures should be adopted to help us fight the spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister of India said more facilities will be provided for Afghanistan and added that the videoconferences will continue.

The president stressed there should be a clear understanding of the situations to enable us deal with possible risks and grab potential opportunities and said the Afghan National Security Advisor will be communicating with his Indian counterpart on issues of cooperation and other significant matters.