Washington: Afghanistan on Monday applauded India’s role in war-torn country and said it should continue with its good efforts.

Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's former foreign minister and opposition leader said unlike others India has clear defined goals in Afghanistan.

"India has defined its goal that a stable Afghanistan with a functioning system, representative government would be in their interest. That is why they have been helping us in development, reconstruction, rehabilitation, capacity building and many things. So India's role is widely appreciated in Afghanistan," Abdullah said.

"Continue the good work," Abdullah said, when asked what else India can do in Afghanistan, besides what it has been doing so far.

"Indian support for Afghanistan is based on the priorities defined by Afghans and the Government of Afghanistan. Also Indian aid has gone directly to the projects, which people can see the benefits of it. It is not just the quantity, but also the quality of assistance which
makes it significant," he said.

Abdullah, who lost to Karzai in the 2009 presidential elections, said the purpose of his trip is to familiarize the opinion builders and policy makers in Washington about the ground realities in Afghanistan.

Chairman of the Coalition for Hope and Change, Abdullah addressed more than a dozen think-tanks, besides meeting top US officials and Congressional leaders. He also addressed the World Islamic Forum Conference held in Washington.

Agencies