India, China in joint collaboration to train Afghan diplomats in October

In a joint collaboration India and China will train Afghan diplomats from mid-October 2018, government sources said. Both the countries had agreed to train the Afghan diplomats during Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s informal summit in China’s Wuhan in April this year.

The joint project was discussed during a meeting between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and PM Modi in New Delhi on September 19.

During the course the Afghan diplomats will be trained in New Delhi and Beijing. In first phase the diplomats will be trained at New Delhi’s Foreign Service Institute before they travel to Beijing for the next training phase.

“The cooperation with China on Afghanistan is going to be in the sector of training of diplomats. Part of the training will take place at the Foreign Service Training Institute in New Delhi, while the other part will take place in Beijing,” source said.

India would further discuss joint collaboration with China in Afghanistan, which could involve socio-economic projects or opening of a school.