Afghan president travels to India amid regional tension

October 4, 2011 07:53

NEW DELHI - Afghan President Hamid Karzai begins a two-day visit to India on Tuesday that could boost the two countries' economic ties and lead to an agreement for India to train police in a visit likely to irk Pakistan as tension grows in the region.

India is one of Afghanistan's biggest bilateral donors, having pledged about $2 billion since the 2001 US led-invasion, for projects from the construction of highways to the building of the Afghan parliament.

India wants to ensure a withdrawal of US troops by 2014 does not lead to a kind of 1990s civil war that spreads Islamic militancy across borders. But it also knows its traditional foe Pakistan has far greater influence in Afghanistan.

Karzai's visit, in which he will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has been scheduled for months.

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