PM Narendra Modi speaks to new Afghan President, latter may visit India soon

According to a press release from the PMO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on phone to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday and congratulated him on his election to office.

The Prime Minister lauded Ghani's wisdom and statesmanship, and his 'commitment to unity, peace and progress in Afghanistan', according to the press release. He paid tribute to the people and the political leaders of Afghanistan for their faith in democracy and will to prevail over violence and terrorism.

Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence that Ghani's expertise, global experience and grassroots knowledge, borne out of travel to every district of Afghanistan, will help him implement his bold agenda of economic reforms and development in Afghanistan. He also mentioned that President Ghani's experience will be beneficial for India and the region.

Prime Minister Modi conveyed that India will stand with him, as a friend and a partner, at every step on the way, as his government moves forward in its efforts to build a strong, stable, peaceful, democratic, inclusive and prosperous nation.

Modi noted that India's relations with Afghanistan have been forged by ancient cultural links and timeless bonds of mutual affection and admiration, which had grown deeper in recent years.

The Afghan President in turn described India as the foundation of Afghanistan's diplomacy and economic strategy. Ghani complimented Modi on his electoral success and his development vision.

Furthermore, Ghani accepted Prime Minister Modi's invitation to visit India and also suggested immediate commencement of dialogue between the two governments, including between their national security advisors and economic advisors.

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