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Afghanistan, India to Discuss Military Aid

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to discuss increased military aid with Indian officials during his visit this week to New Delhi.

The trip, which begins Monday, follows recent cross-border clashes between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A spokesman for the Afghan president says Mr. Karzai will ask for assistance for the strengthening of the country's military and security institutions.

Afghanistan and India signed a strategic partnership in 2011 which included India's training of Afghan forces as they prepare to takeover security from foreign troops in 2014.

Pakistan has also offered a strategic partnership to Afghanistan, but little progress has been made on the pact.

Earlier this month, border guards from Pakistan and Afghanistan exchanged fire at a mountainous shared-border region. Both sides accuse the other of firing first.

Tensions are high between the neighbors over the deadly cross-border attacks, as well as, accusations by both that the other is harboring militant groups that easily cross the border and launch deadly attacks.

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FILE - President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland en route to Southeast Asia, November 17, 2012.

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