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Karzai to sign 3 pacts during Europe visit

Karzai to sign 3 pacts during Europe visit

Jan 22, 2012 - 16:37

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai would sign long-term cooperation agreements with three states during his visit to Europe next week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.

The president would meet British, French and Italian leaders during his swing through Europe, a spokesman for the ministry, Janan Musazai, told a media briefing in Kabul.

A long-term strategic cooperation pact for 20 years with England is among the agreements to be signed for boosting Afghanistaninfo-icon's economic, political and cultural ties to the countries.

Major donors to Afghanistan, England, France and Italy respectively have 9,500, 3,979 and 3,815 soldiers fighting insurgents in the country.

The US-Afghanistan pact was discussed almost two months ago by the traditional Loya Jirga, attended by 2,000 Afghan elders and officials. The delegates gave conditional green signal to the agreement, allowing Americans to establish military bases in Afghanistan.

US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon Marc Grossman, who arrived in Kabul late on Friday, met President Karzai and other high-ranking officials on the current situation in Afghanistan, the spokesman said.

On his arrival in Kabul, Grossman said: "I am pleased to be here to consult with the government of Afghanistan. The US stands ready to assist in any way we can an Afghan-led reconciliation process to find a peaceful end to this conflict." 

Before reaching the Afghan capital, Grossman met Turkish, Saudi and UAE officials and discussed the Afghan peace dialogue. The diplomat was to visit Pakistan before his arrival in Afghanistan, but Islamabad refused to receive him.



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