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U.S. declares Afghanistan major non-NATO ally: Clinton

07-07-2012 19:12 BJT

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Visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, says President Barack Obama has designated Afghanistan as the newest major non-NATO ally.

The declaration is part of a Strategic Partnership Agreement signed by Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul at the beginning of May.

It aims to pave the way for the two countries to share future military cooperation after US combat troops withdraw from the country in 2014.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 7, 2012. Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here on Saturday that U.S. President Barack Obama has designated Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally of the United States. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

Clinton says, "We see this as a powerful symbol of our commitment to Afghanistan’s future and later this year I'm looking forward to convening, along with Foreign Minister Rasul, the new US-Afghanistan bilateral commission.

My message today is very simple: the transition is on track, Afghanistan is standing up for itself. Of course it will need support and we are pledged to continue our support and to work with you to get more international support and I'm quite excited about what lies ahead in Tokyo."

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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