Af Throws Weight behind India

In defence of secularism
  • New Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani assured Modi that nothing would be done to harm India's security concerns in his country .
  • In a hard-hitting address at the summit in the morning, Ghani spoke about the role of state actors in fomenting terror
  • Ghani also spoke how he was not going to allow anybody to conduct a proxy war in Afghanistan.
  • External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Modi also had fairly extensive discussions over the need for cooperation in tackling terror with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.
  • The other issue which figured prominently in the discussions was Saarc's failure to clinch three agreements meant to facilitate trade, connectivity and energy security in the form of a power grid which India believes could help a country like Pakistan which suffers from acute power shortages.
  • Modi's cabinet had only last week approved some of these to ensure these agreements were effected in Kathmandu.