India, US deals no threat to region: Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai attempted to ease tensions with Pakistan on Thursday.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2011, 18:33 PM IST

Addu: Afghan President Hamid Karzai attempted to ease tensions with Pakistan on Thursday, asserting that a strategic partnership with India and talks for a similar deal with the United States do not threaten his country`s neighbours.

Pakistan had reacted angrily to the India deal announced last month that many in Islamabad fear would increase its archenemy`s influence in Afghanistan.

The pact, the first Afghanistan has signed with any country, included provisions for India to help train and equip Afghan security forces.

Some feared Pakistan could respond by ramping up its support for Afghan insurgents to ensure that its own influence in its neighbouring country did not wane.

Karzai told leaders of South Asian nations at a regional summit in the Maldives that the India agreement along with talks it was holding with the United States for another strategic partnership were intended to promote peace.

"I wish to reassure our neighbours ... that none of our partnerships we forge now or in the future shall pose a threat to our neighbours or to our region," he said.

Bureau Report