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Afghan, Indian Leaders To Hold Delhi Talks

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai will meet in New Delhi today
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are due to meet in New Delhi today to discuss a relationship seen as key to regional stability.

The talks come two months after nine Indians were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul that Indian officials blame on Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Singhis is also likely to caution Karzai against talks with the Taliban -- a policy being pushed by many within the international coalition engaged in Afghanistan.

India is heavily involved in reconstruction and aid efforts in Afghanistan and has provided more than $1 billion in assistance since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

compiled from agency reports