India, Afghanistan signed pact for visa-free travel by diplomats

Feb 2, 2016 08:16 IST

India and AfghanistanIndia and Afghanistan on 1 February 2016 inked a pact for visa-free travel by their diplomats. The agreement was signed after Afghan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which they discussed key bilateral and regional issues including security cooperation.

On the other hand, both leaders discussed the role of international community to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and to defeat challenge of terrorism. They also shared views on further deepening the India-Afghanistan relationship in the bilateral and regional context and also to reenergise the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Besides, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed the Afghan Chief Executive about India's efforts to expedite implementation of as many as 92 small developmental projects in Afghanistan that are nearing completion.

About Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan

The Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan is position within the Government of Afghanistan.

The extra-constitutional post was created in September 2014 following the disputes that arose after the 2014 Afghan presidential election when both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory in that election.

As part of a national unity agreement, it was agreed that Ashraf Ghani would assume the presidency and a new post of Chief Executive Officer would be created for Abdullah Abdullah.

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