Afghanistan president reaches out to 'brother' Pakistan

October 5, 2011 12:25

NEW DELHI - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai reached out to "twin brother" Pakistan on Wednesday in an effort to reassure an increasingly isolated neighbor that a deal to boost economic and security cooperation with rival India will not harm ties.

Islamabad has alienated both the Washington and Kabul governments because of its suspected links with militant groups fighting Western and Afghan forces in Afghanistan and an agreement signed between Afghanistan and India on Tuesday appears to have further isolated Pakistan.

"Pakistan is our twin brother, India is a great friend. The agreement we signed with our friend will not affect our brother," Karzai said in a foreign policy speech in New Delhi.

"This strategic partnership ... is not directed against any country ... this strategic partnership is to support Afghanistan."

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