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Curbing terrorism must for peace, stability in Afghanistan: MJ Akbar

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Kabul | Wednesday, Oct 5 2016 IST
India today called upon the international community to ensure that terrorism and violence unleashed against Afghanistan was kept at bay, in order to secure peace and stability in the country and the region. Minister for State for External Affairs M J Akbar said largescale terrorism and violence unleashed against Afghanistan had stopped easy implementation of project and inflow of investments into an economy that had huge resources and potential. "We cannot underline 'must' often enough. We abandon this duty at our own risk, for the fangs of terrorism recognise no borders," Mr Akbar said while speaking at the Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.About Afghanistan's exports, Mr Akbar said the country had traditionally found most lucrative market in India, up to Calcutta at the other end of the Grand Trunk Road and Afghanistan was much loved and respected in India."We have offered a special facility at our border at Attari for Afghan products coming to India via Pakistan. Unfortunately, this access has been blocked for political reasons by Pakistan," he said."Nations cannot become walls aborting trade and culture that was as old as written history, and as powerful as the lore etched in common memory. But, we will continue to work with Afghanistan for assured and reliable access for its products to India's markets through land, sea and air," he said. Mr Akbar said that the need of the hour was to rescue the future from tragedies of the past and uncertainties of present and for this, Afghanistan needed infrastructure and resources and connectivity to regional markets and the Regional Integration and Prosperity event had a special significance.Stating that India had dedicated its efforts and resources into bilateral cooperation with Afghanistan, Mr Akbar said, "We have already completed significant development projects including scientific water management through dams and infrastructure projects like highways, worth over 2 billion dollars. We have recently committed to 1 billion dollars more". Showing India's commitment to the development of Afghanistan, Mr Akbar said the Zeranj-Delaram road, with the potential to connect Iran to major cities of Afghanistan through the Afghan ring road was constructed by India. "An exciting and innovative future is taking shape through the recent trilateral India-Iran-Afghanistan agreement in Tehran in May 2016, which makes Chahbahar into a hub for immense economic opportunity," he said. UNI XC-RBE RSA SB 1610

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