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US reaffirms Afghan commitment

05-12-2010 08:31 BJT

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The United States has pledged not to abandon Afghanistan, as the 2 countries begin high-level talks.

During meetings with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said Washington, has a Long-term commitment to Kabul, and that the two sides are able to disagree without rupturing ties.

Karzai, also looked to mitigate the tension between them during his 4-day visit.

Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, said, "As we look toward a responsible orderly transition in the international combat mission in Afghanistan, we will not abandon the Afghan people. Our civilian commitment will remain long into the future."

Hamid Karzai, Afghan President, said, "As two mature nations and as two mature governments, by now the Afghan government is mature too, we will be having disagreements on issues from time to time, but that is the sign of a mature relationship and the sign of a steady relationship."


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