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Afghan president says pact not aimed at Pakistan

NEW DELHI—Afghan President
Hamid Karzai says his country’s strategic partnership signed with India
is not meant as an aggressive move against Pakistan.
Karzai said
in a speech in New Delhi that the agreement simply puts an official
stamp on the years of close ties between India and Afghanistan’s
post-Taliban government.
“The strategic partnership is not
meant to be against any country,” he said Wednesday, in a clear
reference to Pakistan. “This is for Afghans to benefit from the strength
of India.”
The pact signed Tuesday is Afghanistan’s first
with any country. Its timing sparked speculation of a shift in regional
alignments after Karzai chastised Pakistan for failing to act against
Taliban-led insurgents based in Pakistan.
India and Pakistan see one another as their chief adversaries.

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