Karzai, Obama to discuss strategic partnership in NY
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Hamid Karzai would meet his US counterpart, Barack Obama, on Tuesday in New York to discuss the strategic partnership and enduring relationship with United States, a US top presidential aide said on Friday.
This would be the first time the two Presidents would meet after President Obama laid out his plan for a US transition earlier this year, the Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, told reporters Friday during his briefing on Obama’s agenda in New York next week.
The top Obama aide told reporters the two presidents would have the opportunity to discuss how the security transition is going from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Afghan lead in certain provinces.
“They’ll have a chance to discuss the strategic partnership that we’re pursuing with Afghanistan that would include an enduring relationship beyond 2014 when the transition is complete,” he said.
“They’ll have a chance to coordinate in advance of some important upcoming summits, including meetings in Istanbul and Bonn that will address the political support for Afghanistan and the political process within Afghanistan, as well as a NATO summit that we’re hosting here in Chicago next year,” Rhodes said.
Obama would be travelling to New York for three days next week beginning Monday to attend the General Assembly session of the United Nations. Besides addressing the UN General Assembly, Obama would be meeting leaders of more than half a dozen countries.
Prominent among them are Libya’s Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, the Brazilian President, Dilma Rouseff; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan; Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan.
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