India's External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh and his Afghan counterpart Abdullah have discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and a wide range of other issues during talks in New Delhi.
An Indian Foreign Ministry statement on Sunday says the two sides shared their concern over the re-emergence of Taleban militants in the run-up to parliamentary elections in September. Stepped-up violence has killed hundreds of people this year, including at least 47 in the last week.
The Indian statement says pressing regional and international issues as well as the Afghan-U.S. strategic partnership signed in May were also high on the agenda.
Mr. Singh thanked Afghanistan for supporting India's ambitions to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.