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Afghan president Karzai welcomes third child at age of 56

Published on Mar 7, 2014 2:45 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has become a father again at the age of 56 after his wife gave birth to their third child in India, according to an embassy statement sent to AFP on Friday.

His baby girl was delivered at a private hospital in the New Delhi satellite town of Gurgaon earlier this week, the statement said.

Mr Karzai paid a brief visit to the Fortis Hospital on Wednesday to see his wife Zinat, 44, and daughter as he flew on to Sri Lanka where he is on a two-day trip.

The leader, who has close ties with New Delhi, is set to retire from office after elections set for April 5, having led his war-wracked country since 2001.

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