Addressing a joint press conference after holding delegation level talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Modi said: "President Ghani and I discussed the historic efforts to rebuild his nation. We in India admire the courage and resolve of the Afghan people to seek a future of peace and prosperity.”

“The relationship between India and Afghanistan is not just between two countries or governments. It is a timeless link of human hearts. I conveyed our support for President Ghani's vision for peace and stability in Afghanistan. We share Afghanistan's pain over persisting terrorism and extremist violence that destroy lives and derail progress," Modi said.

The prime minister said Afghan children have a special focus in India's efforts. Modi said the Afghan president "shared his impressive vision" for the prosperity of his country "based on its talent, resources and location.

"India will walk shoulder to shoulder with you and the Afghan people in a mission of global importance. The partnership has blossomed despite barriers of geography and politics. It is an enduring commitment," Modi added.

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