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PM Narendra Modi holds talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 11:15am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

  • narendra-modi-and-hamid-karzai Newly sworn in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (right) after the swearing in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday, May 26, 2014. AFP

In his first bilateral meeting with international leaders after assuming charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday. The meeting with Karzai followed Modi's talks with Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at the ceremonial Hyderabad House.

In their more than half an hour meeting, Modi and Karzai discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the wake of NATO combat troops withdrawal from the war-torn country. Modi was assisted in the talks by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh among others.

Both Karzai and Gayoom arrived on Monday along with other SAARC heads of government and states to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. These two meetings will be followed by other bilateral including talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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