Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai is leaving for a two-day visit to India where he is to meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior officials, his spokesman said Wednesday.
“President Karzai’s visit is aimed to discuss regional economic capacity development with the Indian authorities,” Seyamak Herawi said. “He will also meet with the Indian president and the prime minister.”
Karzai is also scheduled to deliver a speech at a conference on sustainable economic, political and social development in New Delhi to be held Feb 3-5.
India has invested heavily in infrastructure and reconstruction aid, and remains the fifth-largest donor for the war-torn country.
Pakistan remains wary of growing Indian influence in Afghanistan and views India’s aid work as a front for spying and making trouble for Islamabad.
After India, Karzai is to visit Germany for two days to attend the Munich Security Conference, his spokesman said.