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UPDATED: 09:02, March 01, 2006
U.S. reaffirms long-term commitment to help Afghanistan in economic development
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The United States reaffirmed the long- term commitment to help develop Afghan economy, an Afghan official said on Tuesday.

"Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, met with Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce at the Gulkhana palace this afternoon," the office of the spokesman to the president said in a press release.

"During this meeting, the president and Gutierrez discussed the strong economic and commercial relationship between Afghanistan and the United States. Gutierrez reaffirmed the long-term commitment of the United States to work with the people of Afghanistan to create economic opportunities and develop a private sector that will drive Afghanistan's economic growth," it added.

Karzai emphasized Afghanistan's desire to export its dry fruits, marble, carpets and rugs to the United States, it said.

Gutierrez reaffirmed the United States will continue to help Afghanistan create a business-friendly environment that will create jobs and move economic development forward, according the press release.

They also discussed the prospect of Afghanistan becoming a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), it said.

Source: Xinhua

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