Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the new building for Afghanistan's parliament and delivered a comprehensive speech on issues of common interests between the nations including bilateral ties, peace in Afghanistan and terrorism.
Modi emphasized that Afghanistan-India relations are of important strategic significance, saying that Indian involvement in the country not aimed to compete but to contribute.After inaugurating the new building of Afghanistan's parliament, Indian Prime Minister Modi officially handed over four attack helicopters to Afghanistan, reaffirming New Delhi's military cooperation to Afghanistan in the future as well.During the tour, the Indian leader held talks with Afghan officials on enhancing bilateral ties between the two allied nations and regional issues.In a meeting with Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, Modi reiterated the calls for strengthening democracy and peace in the region.The CEO hailed Modi's milestone visit to Afghanistan and said both nations were bound to a common future.Referring to the democratic process in the region, Modi said regional nations have to contribute more in order to institutionalize democracy in its real sense."Democracy cost much to us and to all those countries where democracy is nourishing. We have been victim of the process of promoting democracy. Because we save our people while confrontations are on its peak and this is a great responsibility," Modi said.In his remarks, Abdullah announced India as the trusted friend of Afghanistan and hailed New Delhi for its military, economic and education cooperation to the Afghan people."We warmly welcome his excellency Prime Minister of India and the generous support offered by India for inaugurating the new building of parliament and also his comprehensive speech relating to bilateral ties, the situations in both countries and future of the two countries," Abdullah said.India has provided major financial aid to Afghanistan following the collapse of the hardline Taliban regime in 2001. The delivery of the four helicopters to the Afghan army indicates that Indian military cooperation to Afghanistan will be expanded in years ahead which can put New Delhi among the countries that provide military support to the war-hit country.