India calls for verifiable actions to end terror

India today called for verifiable actions to end terror safe havens, sanctuaries outside Afghanistan for sustainable peace, prosperity and stability of the war-torn country.

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said in Geneva today that India supports all efforts for a political settlement in Afghanistan which are inclusive, promote unity, security, democracy and build a self-reliant and prosperous country.

Participating in the Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan in Geneva  Mr. Singh said for sustainable peace, prosperity and stability it is equally important that the international community continue to support the Afghan government, the people and the National Defence Forces of Afghanistan to combat terror and violence imposed on them and ensure that verifiable actions are taken to end safe havens and sanctuaries outside Afghanistan.

Condemning the “mindless terrorist violence” against the Afghan population, Singh said the people of Afghanistan yearn for peace, security and stability.

External Affairs also reaffirmed India’s commitment to the rebuilding and reconstruction of Afghanistan. He also reiterated India’s development assistance commitment of over USD 3 billion to Afghanistan in keeping with Kabul’s priorities under its National Peace and Development Framework.

On the margins of the Geneva conference, Singh separately called on Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.  He also held bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of Norway and Hungary.

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