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Op-ed: Why We Can’t Take Afghanistan for Granted

Excerpt from op-ed published in the Business Standard, October 12, 2014.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on April 28, 2015.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on April 28, 2015. Image courtesy: PIB, Govt of India (CNR :67451 Photo ID :64772)

has a new president, albeit two months late. And even as the newly inaugurated president and his “chief executive officer” hash out the specifics of the country’s first peaceful political transition, outgoing president minced no words to convey who he thought were Afghanistan’s ‘true friends.’

“The Western countries and the United States of America came to Afghanistan for their personal goals. There are also countries who, without having personal agendas, are here for honest cooperation with Afghanistan’s government. One example is India.”

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