NEW DELHI : PM Modi says both sides want to see region become terror free.

Indian PM Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed on Saturday to step up efforts to bring stability to war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Modi reiterated India's commitment to help Afghanistan become a peaceful, secure, permanent, prosperous and pluralistic country after holding talks with Rouhani in New Delhi on the last day of his three day visit.

''Looking at our common interests, we are committed to stopping the expansion of such forces that  promote  international organized crime in terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, cyber crime and and various forms,'' Modi said.

''We want to see our region and the world free from terrorism.''

There was no mention of  financial assistance  or providing weapons to help Afghanistan fight militants by either leader.

India has been a key supporter of Kabul's government and has poured more than $2 billion into the country since the Taliban were toppled in 2001.

In 2016, India offered $1 billion in economic aid to strengthen various sectors in the war-torn nation including, education, health and agriculture.
Modi said both countries wanted to increase economic cooperation, regional connectivity, and improve energy security to reach landlocked Afghanistan and central Asia via the southern port of Chabahar.

The port, which was inaugurated in December, has been touted as a way for India to establish a trade routes that bypass its rival Pakistan.

India has been a key purchaser of Iranian oil and gas, and maintained trade ties even as international sanctions were were imposed on Tehran over its nuclear programme. between 2012 and 2016.


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