Karzai is scheduled to meet outgoing prime minister Manmohan Singh at his official 7, Race Course Road residence here just hours before Modi takes over.

According to PMO sources, he will be meeting Singh at 1 pm mainly to say goodbye to him.

Besides Karzai, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, Sri

Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bangladesh Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury have arrived in India to attend the event.

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will also be arriving in the national capital shortly.

Earlier last week, Modi had a telephonic conversation with the Afghan President during which he thanked him for his country’s efforts in safeguarding India’s Consulate in Herat against a terrorist attack.

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Earlier last week, Modi had a telephonic conversation with the Afghan President during which he thanked him for his country’s efforts in safeguarding India’s Consulate in Herat against a terrorist attack.