Afghan CEO On His 5-day India Visit Tomorrow


New Delhi: Afghan Chief Executive Officer and Head of the Council of Ministers Abdullah Abdullah will arrive here tomorrow on a five-day visit to India during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on key regional and bilateral issues including security cooperation.

The Afghan leader’s visit comes nearly a month after Modi’s trip to Kabul during which he inaugurated the new Afghan parliament building, constructed with India’s aid.

Primarily in India to attend a conference on counter- terrorism in Jaipur, organised by India Foundation in association with Sardar Patel University of Police Security and Criminal Justice, Abdullah will call on Modi and hold a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday. He will leave for Jaipur on Tuesday.

His visit also comes as India gave three of the four multi-role Mi-35 helicopters to it last month. They have been assembled and are now fully operational to combat terrorism in the war-torn country.

During the visit, the two sides are expected to talk about security cooperation with the war-torn country seeking enhanced defence assistance including lethal weapons.