Russia to host Afghan, Pakistan leaders this week: Kremlin

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Russia is to host Pakistan's embattled President Asif Ali Zardari and the Afghan leader Hamid Karzai for a summit on regional security this week, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will host the summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Also taking part will be Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon, it added.

The Pakistani presidency said last week that Zardari -- under fire over his handling of the flood tragedy at home -- would still take part in the meeting but had cut back his visit from two days to a few hours.

© 2010 AFP

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