Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today held bilateral meeting in Amirtsar befor the commencement of the Heart of Asia conference,  focusing on a range of key issues including boosting trade and investment, India’s reconstruction activities in the war-ravaged country and ways to strengthen defence and security partnership. 

“Beginning together before the Heart of Asia Ministerial. PM Narendra Modi and President Ashraf Ghani hold an important bilateral meeting,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Speaking at the Heart of Asia conference, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani emphasised the need to create a fund to combat terrorism and stressed the importance of the ‘historic bond’ between India and Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani addressing the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference said that there is much to be done to tackle challenges like terrorism and radicalism.

Altogether 40 countries and groupings are e participating at the meet aimed at helping war-ravaged Afghanistan in its political and economic transition. Finance minister Arun Jaitley is co-chairing the meeting in the absence of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

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