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With renewed peace bid on agenda, Ghani to visit India

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani is likely to travel to New Delhi in early April on his first official trip to India, at a time when Afghan peace efforts are regaining momentum.

Ghani, who met Prime Minister Modi at the SAARC summit in Kathmandu in November, would visit Delhi during the Indian parliament recess, the New Indian Express reported.

Before the visit, several high-profile Afghan figures will travel to Delhi, where Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah arrived at the weekend and met Vice-President Mohamed Hamid Ansari.

First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum and Deputy CEO Eng. Mohammed Khan are likely to follow suit.

The president is expected to brief his Indian interlocutors on the ongoing peace negotiations with the Taliban. Afghan officials have already promised redlines will not be crossed in the reconciliation talks. (PAN)

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