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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Karzai Flies In for Kremlin Talks on Reconstructing Afghanistan

Afghanistan's interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai arrived Monday for talks with President Vladimir Putin and other officials on Russian help rebuilding the Afghan military and infrastructure.

Karzai, leading a large government delegation, is to meet with Putin in the Kremlin on Tuesday. Karzai was also expected to meet Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, the Afghan Embassy said.

Russian aid for rebuilding Afghanistan was expected to dominate the talks.

Officials were also likely to address joint efforts in fighting drug trafficking and terrorism.

Russia, which has supported the U.S.-led counter-terror operation, has been eager to build close ties with the new Afghan government, including by helping rebuild the military.

Numerous Afghan officials have visited Moscow in recent weeks to lay the ground for cooperation between the two countries.

Russia provided military aid to the opposition alliance fighting Afghanistan's Taliban militia for the past few years.

Since the U.S.-led military campaign began last fall, Russia has also contributed $12 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, Interfax reported.

Karzai was to leave for Germany after his Moscow visit.