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    Karzai seals strategic pact with India

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    The political leaders of Afghanistan and India have forged closer ties between their nations by signing a "strategic partnership" following talks in New Delhi.

    The agreement, announced on Tuesday after Afghan President Hamid Karzai's meeting with Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, is the first such pact between Afghanistan and another country and aims to boost trade, security and cultural links between the countries.

    Karzai, speaking at a press conference with Singh, stressed again that "terrorism and radicalism" were being used "as an instrument of policy against our citizens".

    Al Jazeera's Prerna Suri reports from New Delhi, India.