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Afghan president visit Saudi Arabia

/ 01:23 PM October 25, 2014
In this file Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during a news conference at his resident in Kabul, Afghanistan. AP.

In this file Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai speaks during a news conference at his resident in Kabul, Afghanistan. AP.

KABUL, Afghanistan  — Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is making his first overseas trip since taking office, fulfilling an election promise to undertake religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

In a statement on Saturday, his office said Ghani Ahmadzai will perform Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of year.

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He will also meet with Saudi King Abdullah and other officials to discuss issues of mutual interest, the statement said.

Ghani Ahmadzai took office on September 29, after a long election campaign, during which he promised that his first overseas trip would be to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

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His next scheduled trip is to China from October 28-31, where he will meet with President Xi Jinping and potential investors in the rebuilding of his war-torn country.

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