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    Kerry looking forward to working with Karzai

    WASHINGTON: (PAN): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday phoned President Hamid Karzai and discussed with him a host of issues concerning the peace talks, the bilateral security agreement and next year’s presidential elections in Afghanistan.

    In his first-ever contact with Karzai as Secretary of State, Kerry reaffirmed his country's support for a stable and secure Afghanistan and commitment to the reconciliation process and the role of the Afghan High Peace Council in this regard, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington.

    The two leaders among other things also discussed the progress US and Afghan negotiators were making on the bilateral security agreement. They also discussed the 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan.

    “The secretary closed by underscoring how much he looked forward to working closely with President Karzai as our countries continue to build an enduring partnership through the transition and beyond,” she said.