India to send more ITBP personnel to Afghanistan

July 15th, 2008 - 1:08 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Taliban

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) A week after the suicide attack on its mission in Kabul, India is planning to send more Indo Tibetan Border Police personnel to enhance security for the nearly 3,700 Indians who are involved in various reconstruction projects in Afghanistan. Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, who returned from a two-day visit to Kabul Monday, met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and briefed him about the discussions he had with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other senior ministers on steps needed to ensure better protection of the Indian mission in Kabul and the four consulates in Afghanistan.

Menon met Karzai Monday and discussed the common threat of terrorism confronting both countries.

The crucial Zaranj-Delaram road link, aided by India, is to be opened Thursday. The road link seeks to reduce Afghanistan’s dependence on Pakistan for overland access to Central Asia and provide an alternative route for Indian goods to that country.

Special arrangements have been made by the Afghan government to ensure security during the ceremony. Pranab Mukherjee may go for the opening ceremony, a source said.

The July 7 car bomb attack on the Indian mission in Kabul killed an Indian diplomat and a military attach

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