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India reiterates long-term partnership with Afghanistan


September 15th, 2011 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) India has reiterated its long-term commitment to partnership with Afghanistan during a recent three-day visit to Kabul by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai that ended Thursday.A ... Read more...

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Nawaz Sharif “author of Islamic radicalism” in Afghanistan: Spanta


December 4th, 2010 - 3:34 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Dec 4(ANI): Former Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta is reported to have described former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as "the author of Islamic radicalism".A diplomatic cable released by ... Read more...

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Iran funding Afghan religious-political leaders, Taliban militants: WikiLeaks


December 3rd, 2010 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Dec 3 (ANI): Secret cables released by the whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks' have revealed that Iran is financing a number of Afghan religious and political leaders, grooming Afghan religious scholars, training ... Read more...

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Afghan officials’ desperate plea to US to force Pak ‘to get rid of terror havens’ on its soil


October 28th, 2010 - 12:36 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Oct 28 (ANI): Senior Afghan officials have pressed the United States at a closed-door strategy session in Kabul to force Pakistan to crack down on insurgents within its territory, saying ... Read more...

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Top Afghan official urges US to put sanctions on Pak for backing jihadis


August 27th, 2010 - 1:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug.27 (ANI): In what highlights the strained relationship between the two neighbouring countries, a top Afghan official has urged the United States to put sanctions on Pakistan and also refuse visas ... Read more...

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India reminds Afghanistan of Taliban ‘red lines’


August 24th, 2010 - 9:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday conveyed India's concerns over the proposed plan to reintegrate the Taliban to Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul and said New Delhi ... Read more...

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Supporting ‘double faced’ Pak, US’ biggest “strategic failure”: Afghan NSA


August 24th, 2010 - 1:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug.24 (ANI): Accusing Pakistan of playing a double-game of supporting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban even as it continues to ask for more help from the international community to weed out ... Read more...

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US tells Pakistan to have constructive ties with India


August 24th, 2010 - 10:53 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 24 (IANS) The United States has asked Pakistan to have a constructive relationship with India and Afghanistan, saying effective and coordinated action across the region was needed to meet ... Read more...

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‘Shocked’ Pak seeks clarification on Karzai’s ‘hitting terror sanctuaries’ remarks


July 30th, 2010 - 12:32 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, July 30(ANI): The Pakistan Foreign Office has reacted sharply to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's suggestion of a NATO operation inside Pakistan, saying that the comments were "incomprehensible".Foreign Office spokesman Abdul ... Read more...

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India to resume medical missions in Afghanistan


July 20th, 2010 - 3:32 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, July 20 (IANS) India is set to resume its medical missions in Afghanistan after a fresh reassurance about the safety of its nationals in that country. "There is no scaling ... Read more...

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Krishna meets Afghan President Karzai


July 19th, 2010 - 10:57 pm ICT by ANI
By Mrityunjay SinghKabul, Jul 19 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who reached Kabul on a two-day visit today, met Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and his National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar ... Read more...

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Afghan military officers to be trained in Pakistan


July 1st, 2010 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, July 1 (ANI): Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has agreed to send some military officers to Pakistan for training.According to the Washington Post, this is a significant policy shift, and signals ... Read more...

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Indian medical mission in Kabul on pause


March 6th, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul/New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) India will continue its reconstruction activities in Afghanistan, but has put its medical mission, the target of the Feb 26 terror strike in Kabul, on temporary ... Read more...

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Menon meets Karzai, discusses security of Indians (Roundup)


March 6th, 2010 - 12:58 am ICT by IANS
Kabul/New Delhi/Washington, March 5 (IANS) India Friday said that the Feb 26 terror attack in Kabul will not deter it from helping rebuild Afghanistan as National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon met ... Read more...

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India, Britain to discuss various issues ahead of Afghan conference


January 27th, 2010 - 6:24 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.27 (ANI): Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who is currently in London to attend a one-day conference on Afghanistan, has said he is looking forward to the summit ... Read more...

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Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran join hands to prepare anti-terror framework


January 17th, 2010 - 5:49 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Jan.17 (ANI): Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran have signed an accord to prepare a joint framework to address the ever-expanding threat of terrorism and extremism.The agreement was inked at a trilateral ... Read more...

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Afghanistan, Pakistan rattled by US 2011 troop exit plan


December 3rd, 2009 - 4:09 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Dec.3 (ANI): President Barack Obama's timetable for deploying additional American forces in Afghanistan next summer and his decision to start withdrawing them from July 2011, has rattled both Afghanistan and ... Read more...

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Karzai unlikely to sacrifice his wolves!


November 18th, 2009 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI
Helmand (Afghanistan), Nov.18 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who will make his inauguration speech in Kabul tomorrow, is unlikely to carry out a major cull of his ministerial team, believe diplomats ... Read more...

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Nirupama Rao visits embassy in Kabul after blast (Lead)


October 9th, 2009 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul/New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao Friday visited the Indian embassy in Afghanistan, which was the target of a suicide attack Thursdar that left 17 people dead. She, however, ... Read more...

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Nirupama Rao to meet Afghanistan Foreign Minister, President


October 9th, 2009 - 5:34 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Oct 9 (ANI): Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is expected to meet Afghanistan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and President Hamid Karzai today to assess the situation arising out of Thursday's ... Read more...

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No question of military involvement in Afghanistan: India


July 1st, 2009 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) India Wednesday ruled out any military involvement in Afghanistan and underlined the need for greater international cooperation in restoring stability to the violence-torn country. "Nobody has ... Read more...

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Ahead of NAM meet, India asks Pakistan to address terror issue


June 26th, 2009 - 7:34 pm ICT by IANS
Trieste/New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Ten days after the crucial meeting between the leaders of India and Pakistan in Russia, Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna Friday told his Pakistani counterpart ... Read more...

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Menon begins dialogue with Obama team (Lead)


March 9th, 2009 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS
By Arun Kumar Washington, March 9 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon Monday plunged into three days of hectic diplomacy focusing on taking the India-US strategic relationship forward as the two nations began ... Read more...

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Bilateral ties, terrorism, Afghanistan on Menon’s agenda in US (Lead)


March 8th, 2009 - 11:14 pm ICT by IANS
By Arun Kumar Washington, March 8 (IANS) How to take the India-US strategic relationship forward will be the focus of Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon's talks here in New Delhi's first high-level interaction with ... Read more...

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Menon in US to discuss bilateral ties, Afghanistan


March 8th, 2009 - 10:19 am ICT by IANS
By Arun Kumar Washington, March 8 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon arrives here Sunday on a four-day visit focusing on how to take the India-US relationship forward after the change of guard ... Read more...

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US, Pakistan, Afghanistan to hold regular trilateral meetings


February 27th, 2009 - 12:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) The US, Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to hold regular trilateral meetings to exchange views on strategic issues in the seven-year-old Afghan war against the Taliban militants. Secretary of ... Read more...

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Pakistan asks US to provide unmanned aircrafts to carry on drone hits along Afghan border


February 26th, 2009 - 6:07 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Feb.26 (ANI): Pakistan has asked the United States to provide it with unmanned Predator aircrafts to carry out attacks on militant hideouts.Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters here ... Read more...

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Pakistan sees “convergence of interests” with US


February 25th, 2009 - 8:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 25 (IANS) Citing a "convergence of interests" between Washington and Islamabad and a "willingness to work together," Pakistan has expressed the hope that Obama administration's regional approach will help root ... Read more...

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Qureshi says Sharia-deal is local solution to a local problem


February 25th, 2009 - 1:17 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb. 25 (ANI): Pakistans Foreign Minister Shah Mehmmood Qureshi has explained that last weeks Sharia-deal between the Pakistan Government and the Taliban is a local solution to a local problem. ... Read more...

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US to elicit Pak, Afghanistan views before adopting new policy for the region


February 24th, 2009 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb.24 (ANI): The US would take into account the viewpoints of Pakistan and Afghanistan before deciding on a new strategy for the region. The US State Department spokesperson, Robert Wood has ... Read more...

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Troubled and confused US in intense discussion with Pak army and ISI over Swat peace deal: Holbroo


February 20th, 2009 - 12:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb.20 (ANI): US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, has admitted that the Obama administration is troubled and confused over implementation of Islamic law in the Swat Valley. Holbrooke ... Read more...

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New US troops to play important role in Afghanistan: Miliband


February 19th, 2009 - 7:26 am ICT by IANS
Kabul, Feb 19 (DPA) British Foreign Minister David Miliband welcomed Wednesday an announcement by the US government that it will send thousands of extra troops to Afghanistan, saying they would play an ... Read more...

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US, Afghanistan to review ‘war on terror’


February 15th, 2009 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Feb 15 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has accepted Kabul's request to be part of a major review of the US strategy in the "war on terror" in Afghanistan, Geo TV ... Read more...

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Hamid Karzai to pay a visit to Pakistan


February 1st, 2009 - 8:23 pm ICT by ANI
Peshawar, Feb. 1 (ANI): Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai will soon visit to Pakistan, the Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Sultan Ahmad Baheen has said. The Afghan President would soon pay a visit to ... Read more...

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Pakistan sees positive change in Afghan government’s attitude


January 31st, 2009 - 1:31 am ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Jan 30 (DPA) Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Friday that the Afghan government has changed its attitude towards Pakistan and the relations between the two governments are currently improving."There ... Read more...

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