And now both the neighbouring countries are ahead with similar security, economic, civic and administrative issues.
Peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi said they expect to include ceasefire as a priority in their agenda once the two sides agree on the procedural rules of the talks. "The friendship of our people is a testimony to our history with Afghanistan", he had said. "Until now, three of our countrymen were martyred and 11 others were wounded".
Like numerous speakers, Tirumurti called for protecting the rights of women and minorities that are in danger from the Taliban having a role in the government. "Those who do so must be held accountable", he said, without naming any country.
"The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all US citizens in Afghanistan remains critical", the security alert said.
Kabul attack: Several killed as rockets hit residential areas
"The global community should discourage medieval mentalities and work towards removal of artificial transit barriers imposed on Afghanistan".
"The whole objective of this visit is to build trust, to communicate more", he said.
"The situation in Afghanistan is a matter of concern".
Neither leader addressed this week's announcement that the United States planned to withdraw large numbers of troops from Afghanistan. We express our full solidarity and support for Afghanistan and its fraternal people, added the FO spokesperson.More news: Ivanka Trump Dismisses New York Probes as 'Harassment'
He said, "The worldwide community, simply can not, afford to lose the gains of the last two decades".
"Respect for human rights and democracy needs to be ingrained in any framework that a future Afghanistan designs for itself", he said. The talks have, however, have so far failed to make progress and the two sides (Afghan government and Taliban) have been blaming each other for the stalemate, whereas violence has increased.
"The rocket attack in Kabul city has nothing to do with the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, using the insurgents' name for Afghanistan.
Tirumurti noted that India and Afghanistan are contiguous neighbours and are connected together by centuries of historical, people-to-people and cultural relations.More news: Five Eyes group urges China crackdown end
"Major projects such as the Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam in Herat, the Afghan National Parliament building in Kabul and the electricity supply grid between Kabul and northern Afghanistan stand testimony to the special place that Afghanistan occupies in our priorities". New Delhi's close ties with Kabul have always irked Islamabad.
Noting the extensive assistance that India has given Afghanistan at the cost of Indian lives, he referred to Pakistan's restrictions on India sending help to Afghanistan directly by land. "It is important for Afghanistan to have access to high seas", Tirumurti said.More news: CA Gov. Gavin Newsom Issues Stay-at-Home Order Amid Rising COVID Cases