PM Modi urges regional countries to respect Afghan govt’s peace initiative

Monday, 11 June 2018 03:12 Written by  Read 353 times

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in China, on Sunday called Afghanistan an unfortunate example of the effects of terrorism.
“I hope the brave steps towards peace taken by President Ghani will be respected by all in the region," Modi was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.
The Indian leader was referring to the Afghan government's surprise announcement of a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid.
India would play an important role within the contact group that was operating to help Afghanistan, promised the prime minister, who was welcomed by China's President Xi Jinping.
He claimed his country -- playing an effective role in promoting regional connectivity -- had been part of several projects, including the Chabahar port in Iran. He called for enhancing people-to-people interaction.
In his speech, Modi suggested the SCO summit should have a fixed goal and look to achieving that. He floated the idea of forming a committee that worked to achieve a fixed goal in a time-bound framework.



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