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Karzai agrees strategic alliance with India

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a visit to New Delhi.

Karzai’s visit comes as ties with Pakistan have deteriorated rapidly over the last few weeks, after the assassination of peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani. Afghan officials have accused Pakistan of aiding the perpetrators of the attack, who they say was a Pakistani citizen.

The agreement is said to include military and police training along with support for Afghan "capacity building" in the areas of education and development.

India is already one of Afghanistan’s biggest donors and has pledged a further $2bn in aid.

See report by the BBC.

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