New Delhi: Prior to the beginning of cutting down the US forces in Afghanistan next month, India has expressed its commitment to help the country boost capabilities of its security forces.

During the ministerial talks between the two nations, Delhi has given its assurance to the Kabul to help its expansion of security forces.

Defence Minister A K Antony, after holding talks with his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak said, “India attaches high importance to bilateral relations with Afghanistan.”

"India is willing to work with the Afghan government in building capabilities of its security forces,” Antony said here.

Considering terrorism as a major threat to regional peace, both the countries underlined the need to dismantle its aid.

According to sources in the Defence Ministry, Afghanistan sends its defence personnels to India in large numbers for training.

Leading a seven-member Afghan delegation, Wardak welcomed cooperation from India in training of its security forces and appreciated the support of Indian government and its people in reconstruction of Afghanistan.

In the backdrop of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Afghanistan, Wardak’s arrival in India is considered to be important for several counts. Amidst the growing terror threat and Osama’s death on Pakistan’s soil, both the countries have raised their concerns in this context.

It is being speculated that in the guise of making peace with Taliban, Islamabad may try to gain an upper hand in Afghanistan.

India has channelized its resources in reconstruction of Afghanistan and extended help on humanitarian grounds.

JPN/Bureau