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No defence team to Afghanistan: India

April 27, 2007 18:27 IST

India on Friday denied that there was any proposal to send Army to Afghanistan to train Afghan troops and said defence establishments in New Delhi already held training programmes for soldiers from other countries.

Replying to a question on media reports that India proposed to send army personnel to Afghanistan for training the Afghan army, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said there was no such proposal.

"Defence establishments in India hold training programmes from time-to-time for military personnel from other countries, including Afghanistan. However, there is no proposal to send Indian army personnel to Afghanistan for training the Afghan army,'' the spokesman said.

Media reports, quoting top military officials, earlier said a team from the Indian Army would be leaving for Kabul in a few months to train the Afghan National Army and that the team would be in Afghanistan in May to conduct infantry and education corps related training.

After the fall of the Taliban, several Indian military delegations have visited Afghanistan.

India has been actively involved in reconstruction activities in Afghanistan with the Border Roads Organisation helping build roads and other infrastructure damaged during decades of civil war.

It has, however, steadfastly refused to be part of the NATO-led International Security Assidstance Force in the war-torn country.

India is also one of the main contributors to the reconstruction programmes in Afghanistan.


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