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Ghani calls for greater regional cooperation, takes dig at Pakistan

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a joint news conference with U.S defense secretary Ashton Carter  in Kabul, Afghanistan July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a joint news conference with U.S defense secretary Ashton Carter in Kabul, Afghanistan July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

New Delhi: Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday called for greater regional cooperation in South Asia and took a dig at Pakistan, saying it should not feel threatened by bilateral cooperation between peace-loving countries.

“We do not have agreed rule of the game between states (countries). South Asia has this misfortune,” Ghani said while delivering a lecture on the topic ‘Fifth Wave of Political Violence and Global Terrorism’ at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

Taking a dig at Pakistan, he said: “If a country is feeling threatened by cooperation of two peace loving countries, that country (Pakistan) has to change.”

“Afghanistan is no longer a land-locked country. Pakistan also has to embrace an open system. Pakistan is not a land-locked country. It has sea in the border but it often behaves like a land-locked country,” he said.

Ghani said collaboration between India and Afghanistan is for stability in the region and it is “transparent” and guided by “common values” and “common threat”.

Referring to Modi’s announcement of $1 billion assistance to the poorest section of Afghanistan, Ghani said: “Earlier Prime Minister Modi tweeted that 1.2 billion Indians are behind Afghanistan. Now, it has been transformed into $1 billion assistance that means every Indian is now contributing about a dollar for Afghanistan.”

–IANS

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