Obama invites Karzai for U.S. tour in May: official

08:53, March 29, 2010      

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The United States President Barrack Obama on Sunday invited his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai to visit the U.S. in May, said an official with Afghanistan's Presidential Palace, who insisted on anonymity.

Obama also told Kaizai that the progress achieved by Afghanistan in fighting against insurgents and in governance was encouraging.

The U.S. president, who arrived here Sunday night to pay a sudden visit to Afghanistan, promised continuing U.S. support to Afghanistan during his meet with Karzai soon after arrival.

After meeting with Karzai, the U.S. president is to meet Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan's military officials and cabinet members.

Local analysts said Obama and Karzai are to discuss on Afghanistan's efforts of battling corruption and poppy production, which is believed to be the major financial resources of the Taliban.

The two leaders are to discuss on the reintegration and reconciliation process which was launched by the Afghan government.

It was Obama's first tour to Afghanistan after he took the presidency in January 2009.

He paid a visit here as a senator and a presidential candidate in 2008.

Source: Xinhua
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