Singh lauded Karzai's personal leadership and the courage, resolve and determination of the people of Afghanistan who had defied terrorism and violence and voted for a democratic and prosperous future for their country.

Karzai expressed his gratitude to Singh and said that Afghanistan was grateful for the support and assistance that had consistently been extended to it by India.

Karzai added that the Afghan people regarded India as a true friend.

Singh also assured Karzai that India would continue to stand by Afghanistan.

Saturday’s election drew a surprisingly large turnout despite threats from the Taliban to disrupt the balloting.

(JPN)

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