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India, Afghans Sign Strategic Pact Amid Strain With Pakistan

India and Afghanistan signed a strategic partnership agreement that officials of their governments say will allow for Indian training of Afghan troops in coming years, a step that may exacerbate the two countries’ tensions with Pakistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the accord yesterday in New Delhi, a day after Karzai accused Pakistan in a televised speech of foiling his attempts to make peace with Taliban insurgents by secretly backing their war effort. The agreement is not directed at Pakistan, Karzai said today, without giving details on the type or scale of training being discussed.