Prime minister of India , Dr.Singh announced a fresh commitment of $500 million to Afghanistan in the next few years for development. “This will consist of specific projects and schemes and other initiatives that will be developed in consultation with the government of Afghanistan,” he said reiterating India's “firm and unwavering” commitment to assisting that country in areas that are of priority and concern to them.
Broadly, he said, India would increase its focus on the social sector, agriculture, capacity-building and access to the Indian market, and continue with its infrastructure projects.
“Our development assistance commitment to Afghanistan currently stands at approximately $1.5 billion spread over several sectors, but there are still gaps. We now have a better idea of where we can and should do more,” Dr. Singh said.
On the presence of international forces in Afghanistan, he said it was a matter to be decided by the people and the government of Afghanistan.
Dr. Singh added that the strategic partnership would be implemented under the framework of a Partnership Council, which would be headed by the two Foreign Ministers. The Hindu : News / National : We are not the U.S.: Manmohan