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President Ghani Arrives in India on Daylong Visit

(Last Updated On: October 24, 2017)

President Ashraf Ghani leading a high-level delegation arrived in New Delhi for a one-day official visit on Tuesday, the Presidential Palace said.

According to the Presidential Palace statement, Indian defense minister and other senior officials welcomed President Ghani in New Delhi Airport today morning.

“President Ghani would discuss regional and mutual cooperation issues with different Indian authorities today and will deliver a speech in Weavek Anne International Foundation in New Delhi,” the statement added.

A statement from the Indian foreign ministry said Ghani will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj.

India has considered Afghanistan as part of its extended neighbourhood and extended $3.1 billion in aid to the country.

Last month, India announced 116 new high-impact projects in Afghanistan with the aim of shoring up goodwill.

New Delhi hopes to have a neutral government in Afghanistan that will not tilt towards Pakistan, while Islamabad is keen to have a government in Kabul that it can fall back on, in case of a war with India.

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