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Gates, Wardak set for wide-ranging talks

Gates, Wardak set for wide-ranging talks

Feb 23, 2011 - 12:02

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is set to hold consultations on a wide range of bilateral security issues with visiting his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak on Wednesday.

"The secretary of defense hosts an honour cordon to welcome Afghanistaninfo-icon's Minister of Defence Abdul Rahim Wardak to the Pentagon," the Department of Defense said on Tuesday.

Gen. Wardak and Bismillah Mohammadi, the interior minister, arrived in Washington on Tuesday for bilateral talks with their American counterparts. The talks would continue until Feb. 25. The visiting ministers will also address number of Washington-based think tanks.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with visiting Latvian Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis.

"Latvia has been a leading partner in our military and civilian engagements in Afghanistan. As I said at the Munich Security Conference this month, and as I emphasized to the foreign minister today as well, these times of economic uncertainty have done nothing to lessen our enduring commitment to Europe," Clinton said.

At a joint press conference with Clinton, Kristovskis said: "We are looking further that we will participate together with US forces in the ISAFinfo-icon mission in Afghanistan."


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