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Afghanistan, India to Discuss Military Aid

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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