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Latest News:India and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a strategic partnership


NEW DELHI: India and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a strategic partnership agreement deepening their economic and security ties, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

Singh reached the deal with Afghan president Hamid Karzai during talks in New Delhi in a move likely 2 raise suspicion in Pakistan, which is already wary of the relationship between its 2 neighbours.

The deal is the first such pact signed by Afghanistan as it eyes alliances 2 help guarantee its security as international troops begin withdrawing from the war-2rn country after more than a decade of fighting.

“My discussions with President Karzai have once again underscored the importance of a strong and broad-based partnership between India and Afghanistan,” Singh said.

Singh explained that the strategic partnership agreement would cover security cooperation, trade and economic ties, as well as social and cultural exchanges.

The 2 leaders also signed 2 separate deals increasing links in mining and energy.

The agreements come at a time of severely strained ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Karzai has accused Pakistan of supporting militant ne2rks in his country and of having links 2 the recent assassination of peace envoy and 4mer president Burhanuddin Rabbani.

“Afghanistan recognises the dangers that this region faces through terrorism and radicalism that is being used as an instrument of policy against our citizens,” he said in a veiled reference 2 Pakistan.

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