Spanta, Panetta discuss strategic partnership
WASHINGTON (PAN): National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta and US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta have stressed the need to continue working jointly to build security.
Spanta, who is leading a high-powered Afghan delegation, met Panetta at the Pentagon on Friday at the conclusion of his two-day crucial talks with top US officials on the strategic partnership agreement.
"They discussed a range of topics related to progress on the two countries' shared efforts, partnership and collaboration to advance peace and security in Afghanistan," Pentagon spokesman George Little told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The Secretary and Dr. Spanta also stressed the need to continue working jointly to build security as the transition to Afghan security lead continued, he said.
Earlier in the day, Spanta had meetings at the White House and the State Department. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the final agreement on the strategic partnership had not been reached.
"We are both committed to try to get this finished. But as we've been saying, we would rather get it right than get it fast, so we don't expect that this round will conclude it, but we're going to keep working,” Nuland told reporters.
On Thursday, Clinton welcomed Spanta at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department. “It is indeed a great pleasure for me to welcome back to the State Department National Security Advisor Spanta" she said.
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