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Obama hails Afghan international conference as "major step forward"

07-21-2010 10:57 BJT

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the international conference held in Afghanistan as another "major step forward."

Obama made the remarks during a joint press conference with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"The Afghan government presented -- and its international partners unanimously endorsed -- concrete plans to implement President Karzai's commitments to improve security, economic growth, governance, and the delivery of basic services," said Obama.

He insisted that the U.S-led allies have the right strategy and will break the Taliban's momentum.

"We're going to build Afghan capacity so Afghans can take responsibility for their future. And we're going to deepen regional cooperation, including with Pakistan," he said.

"We reaffirmed our commitment to the overall strategy. A key part of that is training the Afghan national army and police so they can provide security for their country and our troops can come home," said British Prime Minister Cameron, who had revealed earlier that he wanted to withdraw the 10,000 British troops by the year 2014.

The first ever international conference hosted by post-Taliban Afghanistan with the participation of United Nations Secretary- general Ban Ki-moon and some 40 foreign ministers among other delegates from over 70 countries and international organizations wrapped up with renewed support to Afghanistan on Tuesday.

At the one-day conference, Afghan President Hamid Karzai promised that his country's security forces will take over all military and law enforcement operations by 2014.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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