The Afghan CEO Adullah Abdullah has said that India and Afghanistan have long standing relations which are not just government to government but people to people relations.
He was speaking at a lecture organised by O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat on Sunday. Abdullah was in India recently for a visit.
He further said that there is great cultural affinity, mutual respect and civilisational commonality. Post 2001 India has emerged as the fifth biggest donor with a multi-dimensional role. I thank India for helping us when we were in dire crisis.
The Afghan CEO added that "Afghanistan is like a bridge between energy-rich Central Asia and fast industrializing India. With improved connectivity, if the SAARC countries can attain consensus and overcome negativity, India will benefit immensely from its closeness with Afghanistan".
On the future of the relations between the two countries and India's contributions in specific areas, Abdullah said: "There is no limit on what India can do for Afghanistan, strategically India is welcome to contribute in all areas, including education, human capacity building and in the security sector."
He also emphasized on the need for Indian assistance in the field of education in Afghanistan.
The lecture was attended by diplomats, scholars, faculty members, media and students as well as an Afghan delegation.