Afghan President Hamid Karzai, on a two-day visit to India, is due to
meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to discuss
economic cooperation and the fight against terrorism.
Mr. Karzai is also scheduled to hold separate talks with Foreign
Minister Pranab Mukherjee before returning to Kabul.
Accompanied by Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and National
Security Adviser Zalmai Rassoul, Mr. Karzai is expected to convey a
message of solidarity with India, in the aftermath of the November
terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The Afghan leader arrived in New Delhi
Sunday, one day after meeting in
Kabul with the next vice president of the United States, Joe Biden.
During a visit to a stronghold of Taliban insurgents in the southern
province of Kandahar Sunday, Biden reaffirmed U.S. President-elect
Barack Obama's full support for troops in Afghanistan. Biden visited
international soldiers in Kandahar.
Afghanistan and India enjoy warm relations and are united partly by
their concern that Pakistani-based insurgents are carrying out attacks
on their countries.
India has accused Pakistani militants and government agents of
involvement in the Mumbai attacks that killed more than 170 people.
Pakistan denies the allegation.
Afghanistan has accused Pakistani-based militants of attacking Afghan
and international forces on its soil. Pakistan says it is fighting the
insurgency along its border with Afghanistan.