India and China have launched their first joint initiative to train Afghanistan’s diplomats, reported TOLONews.
The decision was taken during an informal meeting between Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in April.
According to officials from both countries quoted by TN, 10 Afghan diplomats are in India from this week for a 12-day training program.
The Indian Embassy in Beijing meanwhile tweeted on Saturday that the “First joint program by India and China for Afghanistan begins.”
First joint programme by India and China for Afghanistan begins! https://t.co/wEShqPzKYy
— India in China (@EOIBeijing) October 13, 2018
On Monday, India’s Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted that the joint training program for the Afghan diplomats will run from October 15 to 26 and will be held at the foreign service institute.
1st India-China Joint Training Programme for Afghan diplomats, being held at FSI on 15-26 October 2018. 10 Afghan diplomats participating. Amb. J.S Mukul, Dean (FSI) welcomed the participants & read out the message of EAM @SushmaSwaraj. @IndianDiplomacy @MEAIndia @IndianEmbKabul pic.twitter.com/QUGMI2fuys
— FSI, MEA (@FSI_MEA) October 15, 2018
On Saturday, India’s ambassador to Kabul, Vinay Kumar hosted the 10 Afghan diplomats at the embassy in Kabul before they left for India.