New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday assured Afghanistan of India’s support in the efforts to build a strong and democratic country.
Modi, who called up Afghanistan CEO Abdullah Abdullah to congratulate him on assumption of office, expressed confidence that “under his able leadership, Afghanistan will move ahead on the path of peace, prosperity and development”.
He assured Abdullah of India’s full support to the government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to build a strong, peaceful, inclusive, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan, an official release said here.
The prime minister recalled Abdullah’s long association with India and his immense contribution to the peace, progress and unity of Afghanistan.
He lauded the “wisdom and sagacity” of the people and leadership of Afghanistan in ensuring a historic and peaceful political transition which would enable them to more effectively address the challenges of terrorism and extremism.
The prime minister reiterated his invitation to Abdullah to undertake a visit to India.
Abdullah on his part congratulated Modi on his resounding victory in the elections and wished him success in leading India in its emergence as a global power.
“The government and people of Afghanistan have always looked to India as a friend,” he added.