New Delhi, Jan 12: Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh here on Monday, Jan 12 to offer his condolences for the recent Mumbai terror attacks. Bilateral issues, including cooperation in the fight against terrorism and a review of the situation in the region were also discussed during the meeting. Earlier. Karzai met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Mukherjee said Karzai conveyed a message of solidarity and condolences on behalf of the people of Afghanistan to the Indian nation in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks.
He has come here to express his solidarity of Afghanistan people with us on this hour. We had very good bilateral talks and we also shared our perceptions on many other areas.
Karzai arrived here on a two-day visit on Jan 11 against the backdrop of chill in Indo-Pak relations. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta and National Security Adviser, Zalmay Rasoul. He will return home this evening, Jan 12.
Since the 26/11 Mumbai deadly attacks in Mumbai, Afghan-India relations have gained fresh importance. This is Karzai's second visit to India in five months. Karzai visited India immediately after the suicide attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul in July, in which at least 41 people were killed.