Afghan prez Ashraf Ghani’s 2-day India visit starts tomorrow

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani will arrive here tomorrow on a two-day visit to hold “close consultations” on key issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which India is likely to accede to Kabul’s demand for increased military assistance.

Announcing the visit, the External Affairs Ministry said the discussions between Ghani and Modi will cover a wide range of “matters of mutual interest”.

“The upcoming visit will provide an opportunity to continue the close and frequent consultations between the two friendly neighbours, including at the highest level.

“Such interaction is the hallmark of their strategic partnership and has guided the strengthening of all-round cooperation between the two countries,” the Ministry had said in a statement on Saturday.

Afghanistan has been demanding increased defence supplies, including lethal weapons from India, which for the first time gave four Mi-25 attack helicopters to the war-torn country last year.

According to sources, India may accede to the demand and announce such assistance.

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