Kabul : President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was officially welcomed by his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai Tuesday morning at the presidential premises.
The visiting president arrived in Kabul earlier Tuesday for a day-long visit on the first leg of his three-nation tour of Central Asia which would later take him to Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan as well.
The visit is taking place at the official invitation of President Karzai.
The two presidents reviewed a guard of honor after listening to the national anthems of Iran and Afghanistan.
They immediately began their private talks after the welcoming ceremony.
The two presidents are scheduled to attend a joint press conference after signing some agreements.
President Ahmadinejad, the second Iranian president who visits Afghanistan after his predecessor, Mohammad Khatami, will later in the day attend a luncheon given at his honor by President Karzai.
President Ahmadinejad is accompanied by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani and president’s top advisor, Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi.
Later in the day, the president will leave Kabul for Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan, on the second leg of his three-nation tour.
On the last leg of his regional tour, President Ahmadinejad will proceed to Kyrgyzstan on Thursday where he will attend the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).