Obama, Karzai talk security switch on phone
KABUL (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday phoned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai --- the second telephonic contact between the two this week --- and discussed with him the security transition process, the Presidential Palace said.
Obama made the call to Karzai this evening, with both leaders entering a detailed discussion on all aspects of the security switch from international forces to their Afghan counterparts, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
It said the two leaders called the security transition process as a success and agreed the April 5 presidential and provincial council elections had gone satisfactory.
Obama said the Afghans had inclusively taken part in the previous elections, when President Karzai played an effective role.
Obama and Karzai expressed the hope that the runoff presidential elections slated for June 14 would pass off successfully.
The statement quoted Karzai as saying the Afghan government would repeat its efforts to hold the runoff vote in a transparent, inclusive and peaceful manner.
Barack Obama had telephoned Karzai before leaving for the US after briefly visiting troops from his country at the Bagram Airbase north of Kabul.
Karzai refused to accept invitation from the US Embassy in Kabul to meet Obama at Bagram.
However, Obama held a telephone conversation with Karzai before leaving for the US, both sides talking on the Afghan peace process.
Karzai had asked for the US high level representation at new Afghan leader’s swearing-in ceremony slated for August 2 this year.
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