NEW DELHI : Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in India on Monday on a two-day visit during which he is expected to seek greater military aid from the government in New Delhi, officials said.

The Afghan leader landed in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh for a private function and will reach the national capital later Monday, an AFP photographer from the site reported.

Karzai on Tuesday will meet President Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the ceremonial supreme commander of Indian armed forces, the world’s fourth largest, a foreign ministry statement said.

Later in the day, the Indian-educated Karzai will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for talks on the future of the war-torn country as 100,000 Nato troops prepare to withdraw by the end of next year.

Discussions will cover a potential arms deal between the two countries, an Indian foreign ministry official told AFP in New Delhi, speaking on condition of anonymity. Karzai will seek greater Indian military aid from India during a visit this week to New Delhi, officials of both countries said Monday.

India has provided billions of dollars of aid to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, and is keen to ensure that no radical Islamist regime takes power in Kabul after international troops pull out in 2014. Afghanistan’s request “will include all kinds of assistance from India in order to strengthen our military and security institutions,” Karzai’s presidential spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told reporters in Kabul.

“India is ready to meet any request that would strengthen Afghan security institutions. He (Karzai) is visiting India to discuss a potential arms deal,” the foreign ministry official said. But any Indian activity in Afghanistan triggers sensitivities in neighbouring rival Pakistan, which fears losing influence in Afghanistan.

India has been training a limited number of Afghan military officers for years at its military institutions, but has provided little weapons assistance except for some vehicles. Earlier this month, Afghanistan’s ambassador to India said the country needs India’s help with equipment and weapons and was hoping to boost defence ties.

In 2011 India and Afghanistan began a “strategic partnership” aimed at deepening security and economic links.