India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan

April 23, 2015 10:03 PM

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India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales.

More than his predecessor Hamid Karzai, Ghani has reached out to neighboring Pakistan to help negotiate a settlement with Taliban insurgents and to China to add clout to the fragile peace process as well as to invest in the Afghan economy.

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