Obama, Karzai confer on US troops’ security
WASHINGTON (PAN): A day after the Benghazi incident that resulted in the killing of the US ambassador to Libya, President Barack Obama telephoned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai and said the violent incidents in Libya and Egypt did not have any negative impact on the safety of American soldiers in Afghanistan.
“Karzai expressed condolences for the tragic loss of American life and the presidents discussed the importance of working together to help ensure that the circumstances that led to the violence in Libya and Egypt do not pose a threat to US forces or Afghans,” the White House said after the call.
It added Obama called Karzai as part of their regular consultations as transition continued in Afghanistan. The two presidents took the opportunity to discuss the tragic events that took place in Benghazi, including the death of US embassy personnel.
“Obama also reaffirmed his commitment to transferring detainees to Afghan authority in a manner that respects Afghan sovereignty and protects US and Afghan forces. The presidents agreed to speak again soon on additional issues of mutual interest,” the White House said.
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