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Obama lauds Karzai’s call for calm, phones Allen

Obama lauds Karzai’s call for calm, phones Allen

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Feb 26, 2012 - 14:24

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Welcoming President Hamid Karzai’s call for calm, US President Barack Obama on Saturday telephoned his top commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon to discuss the situation in the aftermath of two American soldiers’ deaths.

“We welcome President Karzai's statement encouraging peaceful expressions, and his call for dialogue and calm,” the White House said in a statement, following a telephonic conversation between Obama and ISAFinfo-icon Commander Gen. John R Allen.

Obama called Allen to discuss the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and the killing of the US servicemembers, the White House said, adding that on behalf of the American people, the president expressed his condolences to Allen and to the families who lost loved ones.

“The president thanked Gen. Allen for all of the measures he is taking to protect our service members and civilians in Afghanistan and to encourage calm,” said the statement.

“The United States remains committed to a partnership with the government and people of Afghanistan, as we work to realise our shared goal of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda and strengthening the Afghan state,” the White House said.

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