Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in New Delhi on a two-day visit during which the two sides will discuss cooperation in fight against the common threat of terrorism having Pakistani linkages in the backdrop of Mumbai attacks.
Karzai, who on his second visit here in five months, will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow on the latest developments related to the Mumbai terror strikes. He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and National Security Adviser Zalmai Rasoul. The main purpose of the visit, which was scheduled just few days after the Mumbai attacks, is to convey Afghanistan's condolences and solidarity with India in the wake of the terror strikes.
The Prime Minister is expected to share with Karzai evidence about involvement of Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Pakistan-based elements in the Mumbai attacks. The Afghan President will discuss ways to further forge the existing relations between the two countries, "the latest situation in the region and fighting against terrorism," a statement issued by Karzai's office said. The two leaders will discuss bilateral cooperation to defeat terrorism, which is posing threat to both the countries, sources said.
Like India, terrorism in Afghanistan also gets encouragement and support from Pakistani soil.
Karzai is expected to apprise Singh about the latest in investigations into last July's attack on Indian embassy in Kabul.
Afghanistan and India had blamed Pakistan's ISI for involvement in the suicide attack in which four Indian nationals, including a Brigadier-rank defence attache and senior IFS officer, were killed along with 55 locals.
About a month after the Kabul embassy attack, Karzai had undertaken a visit here and underlined that India and Afghanistan as also the world at large have "no option but to be united in the fight against terrorism" as it is "our moral responsibility as human beings to protect" the people.