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Afghan President in India to Build Closer Ties

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is on a four-day working trip to India at the invitation of the Indian government.

India's Ministry of External Affairs said Saturday that in a meeting on Friday, Mr. Karzai briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the political, security and economic situation in Afghanistan, including ongoing security transition in the country and Afghanistan's relations with other countries.

The two leaders agreed to expand opportunities for higher military education in India for Afghan officers.

President Pranab Mukherjee hosted President Karzai at a private dinner, where the two discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of common concern.

Mr. Karzai wraps up his trip on Sunday.

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