Cabinet approves pact to collaborate in modernization of Afghan police
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 28-Sep-2017

New Delhi, September 28: In order to take bilateral cooperation forward with Afghanistan, the Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Modi, has given its approval for signing an MoU on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development yesterday.

“The MoU will help in capacity building of Afghanistan National Police and improving the security apparatus in the region. It has been approved for a period of 5 years from the date of signing the MoU and shall be extended for a further period of 5 years on the condition that are not further changes and or revision,” the Home Ministry said.

India and Afghanistan have friendly relations and the police personnel of Afghanistan National Police come regularly for training purposes in different training institutes of India.

India and Afghanistan have already signed an "Agreement on strategic partnership" between the two countries in 2011. Afghanistan delegates expressed their desire for assistance from India in the field of Police training, police development, law enforcement, strengthening the rule of law in Afghanistan and building sustainable long term cooperation.

India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over $2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.

The construction of the major Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, Zaranj-Delaram highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has done so far in the country.

In the security and defense, India has provided four attack helicopters along with transport choppers besides providing scholarships to the Afghan army cadets.