October 5th, 2011
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Pak is my twin brother, India my friend: Zardari

Manmohan Singh, GIlani,ZardariNew Delhi: “Pakistan is a twin brother, India is a great friend”, said Afghan President Hamid Karzai in an attempt to dismiss all apprehensions. During his interactions after delivering the Third R K Mishra Memorial lecture organized by the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, he said that Afghanistan’s strategic partnership with India was not targeted against “twin brother” Pakistan.

According to him, the agreement that they signed with India would not affect their brother. He said neither India nor Afghanistan intended the strategic partnership to go beyond the two countries.

“The signing of the strategic partnership with India is not directed against any country. It is not directed against any other entity. This is for Afghanistan to benefit from the strength of India,” Mr Karzai said.

In his address, the Afghan leader said there was nothing new in the strategic partnership as the two countries have been engaged for the past few years during which India has offered over 2000 scholarships for Afghan students, built roads and the Zaranj-Delaram Highway, raised power transmission lines from North Afghanistan to Kabul and built the Parliament building.

“This is all strategic. Yesterday, we only put in words what we have been doing all these years,” Mr Karzai said. “Afghanistan will not only not forget this but remain grateful to India forever,” he added.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr. Karzai yesterday signed a strategic partnership agreement – the first such pact between Afghanistan and another country — under which India will increase its training of Afghan army and other security personnel.


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