Karzai, Obama talk strategic cooperation
President Hamid Karzai has assured the strategic pact with the US would pose no threat to Afghanistan's neighbours. A traditional Loya Jirga will decide on whether or not Afghanistan should enter the deal.
In a video conference with Karzai on Friday night, President Barack Obama supported an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process, a statement from Presidential Palace said.
The United States of America believed that the reconciliation campaign, in addition to an effective counterterrorism struggle, would help reduce insecurity in Afghanistan, Obama said.
He once again offered his deep condolences to Karzai over the deaths of his brother Ahmad Wali Karzai and advisor Jan Mohammad Khan, Kandahar Mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi and other influential figures of the country.
In Washington, the White House said Obama and Karzai discussed their shared commitment to reconciliation and support for a strategy of regional engagement.
"The two leaders looked ahead to important upcoming international meetings in Istanbul and Bonn, and agreed to maintain their close consultations going forward,” the White House said in a statement.
During the 30-minute video conference, the two discussed progress by coalition and Afghan National Security Forces as security responsibility transitions toward a full Afghan lead in 2014, and their work together to forge a long-term strategic partnership.
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