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India will continue Afghan assistance: Patil

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) India would continue its efforts to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan, President Pratibha Patil said here Monday.

Highlighting the government’s foreign policy achievements while addressing the joint session of parliament, , Patil said that India’s assistance in the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan had ‘witnessed important milestones’.

‘We will continue to partner Afghanistan in its development efforts,’ she said.

New Delhi has pledged $1.2 billion in aid to Afghanistan, making India the fifth largest donor nation to the country after the US, Britain, Japan and Canada. Neighbouring Pakistan does not rank in the top 10.

Indian assistance includes projects vital to Afghanistan’s economy such as a completed road link to Iran’s border. India is also helping build a new parliament building in Kabul.

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