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US, Afghan officials discuss new strategic partnership

US, Afghan officials discuss new strategic partnership

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Mar 16, 2011 - 19:44

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Senior US and Afghan officials deliberated upon a new strategic partnership between the two countries, with both sides expressing a strong conviction to build up Afghan institutions, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

At a joint meeting that held on March 13-14 in Kabul, officials from the two countries discussed the new strategic partnership, which will also contribute to improved economic and political relations between Afghanistaninfo-icon neighbours, the ministry said in a statement.

The participants pledged to continue discussions on the topic in April, and to consult with relevant domestic and international stakeholders as part of their deliberations.

Both sides also agreed that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan would serve as an anchor for long-term regional stability and contribute to international security, the statement said. 

They reaffirmed their support for the security transition process agreed at the NATOinfo-icon Lisbon Summit in Nov. 2010, and underscored support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process that protects the rights of all Afghans, including womeninfo-icon, it concluded.

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