9 December 2015 11:20
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Summit in Islamabad on Wednesday. India and Afghanistan have a strong relationship based on historical and cultural links. The relationship is not limited to the governments in New Delhi and Kabul, and has its foundations in the historical contacts and exchanges between the people. In recent past, Indo-Afghan relations have been further strengthened by the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between the two countries in 2011.Ghani paid a state visit to India from 27-29 April this year. During the visit, the countries reaffirmed their commitment to patiently and systematically work towards strengthening of the India Afghanistan Strategic Partnership, with a clear focus on the long term relationship between the two countries.