Welcoming the emphasis in the United States’ strategy on strengthening the government of Afghanistan and the Afghan security forces, India on Thursday hoped the international community was prepared for a long haul in the region. It also wants the world community to impress upon Pakistan the need to implement its commitment to dismantle the terror infrastructure and deny sanctuary to terrorist groups operating from its soil.

In the first official reaction to U.S. President Barack Obama’s revised AfPak policy, the Ministry of External Affairs said it appreciated Mr. Obama’s reiteration of the need to squarely tackle terrorism. But it was “essential that the international community showed unwavering commitment in resolutely opposing, resisting and overcoming terrorism and those who nurture, sustain and give sanctuary to terrorists and extremist elements.” It was also necessary to show a sustained and long-term commitment in assisting the government and the people of Afghanistan.

The Foreign Office pointed out that despite “daunting logistical and security challenges, two major India-funded infrastructure projects have been completed construction of the 218 km road from Zaranj to Delaram in Nimroz province and the construction of the 220 kV transmission line from Pul-e-Khumri to Kabul together with the sub-station at Chimtala. Construction of Afghanistan’s new Parliament building is also progressing.

“India reiterates its determination to fulfil its commitment to the Afghan people and the government as they build a peaceful, democratic and pluralistic Afghanistan,” the statement assured.