Strategic Partnership Agreement India Afghanistan
Beyond the security dimension, the partnership agreement also covers trade and economic cooperation, capacity development and education, social society and civil society, and people-to-people relations. It is significant that the agreement provides for an effective implementation mechanism. At the foreign ministers` level, a « Partnership Council » will consist of four separate joint working groups on political and security consultations, trade and economic cooperation, capacity building and education, as well as social and cultural interactions of civil society. The many existing mechanisms of dialogue between the two countries will be consolidated and placed under the authority of the Partnership Council. The two sides will also conduct a regular strategic dialogue. The creation of a Partnership Council will ensure sustained attention to bilateral relations. The strategic partnership has a political security component, but the agreement is not akin to a security alliance. The agreement clearly states that the strategic partnership is not directed against « any other state or group of states. » India simply agreed to assist in the « training, equipment and capacity-building programmes of the Afghan national security forces. » India and Afghanistan have been working together for ten years. India has provided nearly $1.5 billion in aid and trained a large number of Afghans in India, including the Afghan police. The partnership agreement consolidates the different interactions and provides a solid institutional mechanism for developing relationships. India and Afghanistan recently signed the following agreements: the assassination in September 2011 of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani was condemned by India, which said: « Tragically, the forces of terror and hatred have silenced another powerful voice of reason and peace in Afghanistan.
We unreservedly condemn this act of great brutality, » reaffirming the unwavering support of the Indian people and government in Afghanistan for « Seeking peace and efforts to strengthen the roots of democracy. »   India has promised to align itself with the Line of the Afghan people as it prepares to assume responsibility for their governance and security after the withdrawal of international forces in 2014.  In October 2011, Afghanistan signed its first strategic pact with India.   Military assistance includes training of Afghan security personnel.  During his visit to India, Karzai told the media: « This strategic partnership is not directed against any country. This strategic partnership is intended to help Afghanistan. He also said: « Pakistan is our twin brother, India is a great friend. The agreement we signed with our friend will not concern our brother. He added: « Unfortunately, our commitment to Islamabad has not yet achieved the result we want.  In May 2012, the two parties will establish the Partnership Council, the supreme body responsible for implementing the Strategic Partnership Pact. The strategic partnership attaches great importance to the loyalty of people. Both sides agreed to simplify the rules to facilitate the exchange of people.
This requires a relaxation of the current rigid visa regime. Afghan visitors have often complained of difficulties in issuing visas and harassment while in the public service here. India needs to modernize and update its immigration system and make it more visitor-friendly. During Hamid Karzai`s visit to India in April 2006, three Memorandums of Understanding were signed between Afghanistan and India to strengthen cooperation in the areas of rural development, education and standardization between the Office of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Afghan National Standards Authority.  During the visit of the Afghan Foreign Minister, Dr. Dr., an agreement was signed, which provided $50 million for the promotion of bilateral enterprises between Afghanistan and India.