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Afghan President to visit India on Jan 11

January 09, 2009 19:50 IST

Against the backdrop of a chill in Indo-Pak relations, Afghan President Hamid Karzai [Images] will undertake a visit to India from Sunday to discuss the situation arising out of the Mumbai attacks.

Coverage: Mumbai terror attacks

Karzai, who will be making his second visit to New Delhi [Images] in five months, will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] on Monday on the latest developments related to the terror strikes.

The main purpose of the visit, which was scheduled during the last few days, is to convey Afghanistan's condolences and solidarity with India in the wake of Mumbai attacks, official sources said.

The prime minister is expected to share with Karzai evidence about involvement of Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images] and other Pakistan-based elements in the Mumbai attacks.

The two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation to defeat terrorism, which is posing threat to both the countries, the sources said.

During his previous visit here in August last year, Karzai had underlined that India and Afghanistan as also the world at large have 'no option but to be united in the fight against terrorism' as it is 'our moral responsibility as human beings to protect' the people.

He had undertaken that visit in the backdrop of deadly suicide attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul on July 7, for which the Afghan President had blamed Pakistan's ISI.

Four Indian nationals, including a Brigadier-rank Defence Attache and senior IFS officer, were killed in the Embassy attack that also claimed lives of 55 locals.

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