Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Thursday met Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah to “strengthen strategic partnership” between the two countries.

“Strengthening strategic partnership with a close neighbour. EAM @SushmaSwaraj held discussions with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah,CEO of Afghanistan,” Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of external affairs ministry tweeted.

 

Abdullah is being accompanied by some 200 Afghan businessmen and arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday to attend a trade show and hold talks with Indian officials.

Abdullah is seeking to expand cooperation between the two countries in the economic sector, including the carpet industry and the establishment of a joint chamber of commerce and industries, TOLONews reported.

Jawid Faisal, deputy spokesman for the CEO, said that “this trip aims to strengthen and expand Afghanistan’s economic ties with India.”