Afghan Army Chief Gen Ahmadzai expected to visit India next week

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Afghan Army Chief Gen Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai is expected to pay a three-day essential visit to India from July 27 to discover boosting bilateral navy ties within the face of the Taliban making sweeping offensive throughout Afghanistan following the withdrawal of overseas forces, individuals aware of the event stated on Tuesday.

Gen Ahmadzai is scheduled to maintain wide-ranging talks with the highest Indian navy brass together with his counterpart Gen MM Naravane and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, they stated.

“The Afghan Army Chief is scheduled to arrive in India on July 27 for a three-day visit. He is scheduled to return in the first half of July 30. Strengthening defence cooperation will be the focus of the visit,” stated one of many individuals.

Afghanistan has been reaching out to its key allies in in search of assist to strengthen its safety forces within the backdrop of the Taliban resorting to widespread violence to develop its affect throughout the nation after the US started withdrawing troops from May 1.

In the previous few years, India has offered at the least 5 navy helicopters to the war-ravaged nation which has been making an attempt to strengthen its air energy.

Afghanistan has additionally been in search of India’s help in making purposeful Soviet-era helicopters and transport plane that weren’t in flying situation.

The nation has been struggling to get spare elements for plane and helicopters due to Western sanctions towards Moscow.

Last month President Ashraf Ghani appointed Gen Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai as the brand new chief of military workers, changing Gen Yasin Zia.

It is learnt that Gen Ahmadzai is probably going to search a provide of navy {hardware} from India to improve the fight functionality of his forces.

The Afghan Army chief’s visit to India additionally comes within the midst of accelerating pressure in Kabul’s ties with Islamabad following the transient kidnapping of the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan.

Following the incident, the Afghanistan overseas ministry stated it was recalling the ambassador and different senior diplomats till all safety threats are eliminated.

In an handle at a connectivity convention in Tashkent on Friday, President Ghani hit out at Pakistan for the inflow of overseas terrorists into Afghanistan and failing to do sufficient to affect the Taliban to severely have interaction within the peace talks.

 

“Intelligence estimates indicate the influx of over 10,000 jihadi fighters (into Afghanistan) from Pakistan and other places in the last month,” Ghani stated on the convention within the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and several other different leaders.

India has been a serious stakeholder within the peace and stability of Afghanistan. It has already invested almost USD 3 billion in support and reconstruction actions within the nation.

India has been supporting a nationwide peace and reconciliation course of which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled.

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