US welcomes India's bilateral assistance to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The US today welcomed India's generous bilateral assistance to Afghanistan but remained non-committal on reports about Kabul seeking supply of military equipment from New Delhi.

"We welcome efforts by Afghanistan's neighbours and other regional actors to promote Afghanistan's stability and 
economic development," State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell told reporters.

He was responding to questions on the India visit of Afghan President 
Hamid Karzai during which according to media reports he is expected to seek military supplies for Afghanistan's armed forces.

"We continue to welcome India's generous bilateral assistance programme with Afghanistan, its leadership on private sector investment there, its leadership promoting regional economic integration and linkages. I don't have anything for you on a military relationship," Ventrell said.