Afghan president leaves for China on official visit

Kabul, Sep 25 (IANS) Afghan President Hamid Karzai left here Wednesday morning for a four-day official visit to the neighbouring state of China, said a statement issued by Arg, the country's presidential palace.

"Afghan President Hamid Karzai, leading a high-level delegation, left this morning to China for an official visit which is at the official invitation of his Chinese counterpart," said the statement.

The Afghan leader will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other Chinese leaders during his trip, it added.

The leaders of the two nations will discuss a range of issues, including enhancing political, military, economic and cultural relations besides discussing the regional situation, the statement said.

During the visit, Karzai will also attend the opening ceremony of the Euro-Asia Economic Forum (EAEF) 2013 where he will deliver a speech, it noted.