US urged to transfer Gitmo prisoners
Karzai renewed his administration’s demand at a meeting with visiting US Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns at the Presidential Palace this evening.
Apart from the detainee transfer, the Bilateral Security Agreement, recent border Afghan-Pakistan border skirmishes and other regional issues of common interest figured at the meeting.
Previously, the president had urged top NATO commander Gen. Joseph Dunford and the US ambassador in Kabul to hand over the Afghans held at the American naval base in Cuba to his government.
A statement from Karzai’s office said the president stressed the restoration of peace and stability in the country before the signing of the security pact. The US should help promote the ongoing reconciliation drive, he added.
Similarly, he made clear the Afghans would never recognise the Durand Line as an international border with Pakistan. Recent border skirmishes in Goshta town had fuelled anti-Pakistan sentiments among his compatriots.
Burns conveyed President Barak Obama’s best wishes to Karzai, saying the United States remained committed to helping the peace process in Afghanistan.
With regard to the Afghan prisoners’ transfer from Guantanamo Bay, the deputy secretary of state said he would convey the demand to the Obama administration.
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