Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reiterated New Delhi’s continued commitment towards assisting Afghanistan in becoming a peaceful and prosperous country.
The Indian Economic Times daily reports that Swaraj hosted a dinner for Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani during which she noted that Afghanistan had a very special place for India and the country was proud to be called Afghanistan's first strategic partner.
“India is "committed to assisting Afghanistan in its quest to become an independent, peaceful and prosperous country.
We see this as being vital for India's security and the security of the wider South Asian region," Swaraj added.
The last 67 years of "development" experience in India has taught us the basic lesson that "if you empower the women of any community, the community is much more likely to allocate its resources wisely, feed and educate children better and invest in infrastructure, she noted.