Afghan President Karzai begins key visit to India

Afghan President Karzai visit IndiaThe two countries are expected to sign several strategic agreements, including ones on development aid and security. India is a major player in Afghanistan and has already pledged $2bn (£1.3bn) in assistance. Mr Karzai’s visit comes at a critical time for his country, following a series of high-profile attacks and Kabul’s deteriorating relations with Pakistan.

In a recent statement, Mr Karzai said his government would work closely with the US, Europe and India to plan Afghanistan’s future. Many in India see a key role for the country in the light of these developments. Delhi is also very concerned about the security situation in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, specially as foreign troops begin to withdraw from the region. During his visit, the Afghan president will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and sign a series of agreements mostly related with Indian-funded development projects. – bbc