Indian foreign minister in Afghanistan

Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh arrived in Afghanistan for talks with President Hamid Karzai after earlier fears that his plane would be cancelled because of bad weather.
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"Foreign minister Natwar Singh's plane landed in Kabul airport some minutes ago," Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Naweed Ahmad Moez told AFP on Tuesday.

"He will go to the palace to meet President Karzai and then he will have a meeting with Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah."

Singh is expected to spend most of Tuesday in Kabul before flying on to Islamabad later in the day for a two-day bilateral visit, the first by an Indian foreign minister to Pakistan in 15 years.

During the one-day visit Singh is also set to meet Defence Minister Rahim Wardak and Public Health Minister Mohammad Amin Fatemi.

Singh would also take part in ceremonies marking the Indian government's extension of support to the Afghan National Army and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Kabul, the Afghan foreign ministry said.

India's foreign ministry had said earlier Tuesday that Singh was likely to go direct to Islamabad because of "very bad weather" at Kabul.




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