Indian, Afghan leaders pledge to fight militants, build trade


  • World
  • Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (C) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) as his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee looks on upon Ghani's arrival to attend a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on Tuesday for regional cooperation to defeat violent extremist groups, saying after meeting the Indian prime minister that he wants to "make Afghanistan a graveyard of terror" but needs help from India, Pakistan and other neighbours.

Ghani's visit to India comes amid his efforts to forge closer ties with neighbours Pakistan and China, prompting some Indian analysts to fret that New Delhi may be losing influence in Afghanistan.

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