India has vital stake in stability and progress of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Indian Foreign Secretary

Washington,  India will continue with its endeavor to normalize relationship with Pakistan, Foreign Secretary, Ranjan Mathai, said here stressing that the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan is  inseparable  from the destiny of the country.

The future of Afghanistan and Pakistan will continue to engage our two countries. Their future is inseparable from the destiny of India and our region, and, therefore, India has a vital stake in their stability and progress,  Mathai told a Washington-based think-tank according to Indian media.

With Pakistan, we will continue our endeavor to seek a peaceful, cooperative and normal relationship,  he said in his remarks on  Building on Convergence: Deepening the India-US Strategic Partnership  at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In his speech, he said over the past year, India and the US have had close consultation and coordination on their shared vision of a stable, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan.

It is a vision that can only be realized by the people of Afghanistan, but they need the support, assistance, facilitation and sustained commitment of the international community,  he said.

Mathai said the quest for a settlement in Afghanistan must ensure that the enormous sacrifices and efforts of the past decade are not in vain.

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