Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who arrived in New Delhi last evening on a three-day visit to India, will have bilateral engagements with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.The visiting dignitary would call on Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House, which will be followed by delegation-level talks between both sides.President Ghani will be accorded a ceremonial reception today after which he would lay a wreath at the Rajghat.Among other ministers expected to call on President Ghani are Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Latest updates: 10:17 IST Tuesday, 28 April 2015Affirming a valued friendship. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj calls on President Ashraf Ghani before delegation level talks. Backround The visit comes amid Ghani’s pro-Pakistan approach since becoming President last September. His government has not only sent Afghan cadets for military training to Pakistan but was also conducting joint military operations with them on Afghan soil, evoking sharp reactions from his predecessor Hamid Karzai.The Ghani-Modi meeting will provide an opportunity to the Indian side to recalibrate its approach towards the war-torn country in which it has heavily invested in several projects including in infrastructure and social sectors. India has so far invested over USD 2 billion in reconstruction of Afghanistan.Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari would call on the Afghan President at 4 pm Later in the evening, the Afghan President would meet President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.The Afghan President will hold a joint interaction with business leaders from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India before concluding the visit.India and Afghanistan have a strong relationship based on historical and cultural links. The relationship is not limited to the governments in New Delhi and Kabul, and has its foundations in the historical contacts and exchanges between the people. In recent past, the relations between India and Afghanistan have been further strengthened by the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in 2011.


Live: PM Modi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to hold structured bilateral talks today