August 29, 2005

FOUNDATION STONES:

Indian boost for Afghan democracy (BBC, 8/29/05)

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has laid the foundation stone for a new Afghan parliament building in Kabul on the second day of a historic visit.

On Sunday, Mr Singh and Afghan president Hamid Karzai inaugurated a school renovated by India.

The two sides pledged to fight against terrorism describing it as a threat against democracy.

Mr Singh is the first Indian prime minister to visit Afghanistan in nearly three decades.

The war-ravaged country is a strategically crucial ally for India which is one of Afghanistan's biggest donors.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

Pretty savvy geo-political move by Singh. This will put Pakistan and Iran's muslim theocrat's on notice that they can count on India taking a keen interest in any attempt by them to subvert Afghanistan's democratic government.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 29, 2005 1:23 PM
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