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Karzai gives wishlist to PM for military supplies, says Indian troops not needed in Afghanistan


Suhasini Haidar,CNN-IBN
May 22, 2013 at 03:35pm IST

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New Delhi: In the backdrop of NATO troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is keen to enhance defence cooperation with India and get supply of 'lethal and non-lethal' weapons. Karzai held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday night and gave him a wishlist for military supplies.

Karzai's other problem is Pakistan which has influence over elements of the Afghan Taliba, that is where Delhi's support for an Afghan-led process is critical for the country's stability.

Meanwhile, Karzai made it clear that Afghanistan doesn't need Indian troops for peacekeeping, however, asked Delhi to continue to train Afghan police and military in India.

Karzai also invites Indian officers to train at soon-to-be ready Military academy in Kabul. Apart from extensive developmental assistance programme, which now stands at around $2 billion, India also provides training in capacity building to 2,000 Afghans every year.

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