Indian government officials at a ceremony on Tuesday in Kabul donated two Mi-35 helicopters to Afghan forces, the Ministry of Defense confirmed.
A ceremony held at the military airport in Kabul was attended by the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Vinay Kumar, and Afghanistan’s acting defense minister Asadullah Khalid, according to officials at the MoD.
“India supports peace and harmony in Afghanistan and assists all Afghans in securing a better future,” Vinay Kumar said.
“The Afghan National Defense Security Forces (have made a ) stellar effort to provide an umbrella of security to achieve shared and common values against cross-border terrorism and internal threats,” he said.
These helicopters are replacements for the four helicopters India gave to Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016.
At the ceremony, Khalid thanked India for its support and pledged that the Afghan forces “will use these helicopters for bringing peace, preventing threats from enemies, and for providing a better environment for the people of Afghanistan.”