NEW DELHI - Afghanistan’s first Vice President Marshal Mohammed QasimFahim on Thursday arrived in India on a three-day state visit at the invitation of Indian President Pratibha Singh Patil.
Besides meeting the Indian Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, Marshal Fahim was expected to call on President Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishan and National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon would be calling on the Afghan Vice-President.
“The visit of the Vice President Fahim is a continuation of the regular high level exchanges between India and Afghanistan and is a reflection of the close and friendly relations between the two countries,” the MEA said.
India earlier this month received the Afghanistan Minister of Defence Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak.
Wardak paid a three-day visit to India with a high-level delegation.
Last month Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Afghanistan to boost bilateral ties.
His visit followed the India visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in February.