<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India will continue to support Afghanistan in all possible ways, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Thursday. “Afghanistan is not just a strategic partner, but a country very close to our hearts,” he told visiting Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah who called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.The President said that India considers him a very close friend and admires the selfless leadership that he has given Afghanistan through difficult times.He said Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Kabuliwala’ (a short story in Bengali) resonates in the heart of every Indian. “Every Indian instinctively trusts a person from Kabul,” Kovind said.The President said that a new development partnership between India and Afghanistan has been announced earlier this month.“Both sides are embarking on new generation development projects aimed at supporting socio-economic development in Afghanistan. India will continue to support Afghanistan in all possible ways,” he said.The President said that India deeply respects the supreme sacrifice made by the Afghan national defence and security forces to fight the forces of terror.“We are indebted to them for ensuring security of Indians and of our mission and consulates in Afghanistan,” Kovind said.“There is no doubt that the people of Afghanistan have suffered for a long time. Generations have been lost to terrorism. We empathise with their yearning for peace.“We stand with the government and people of Afghanistan in their quest for peace, stability and prosperity,” the President said.PACT SIGNEDIndia and Afghanistan on Thursday signed a pact on technical cooperation in the field of police training and development.
The MoU was exchanged after a meeting between PM Modi and Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
The two leaders also discussed ways to enhance bilateral economic and development cooperation
Both the leaders reaffirmed the strength and closeness of the multifaceted strategic partnership between India and Afghanistan, an official release said.

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Afghanistan very close to our hearts: Prez Kovind