President Karzai expresses satisfaction over trip to U.S.

19:51, May 18, 2010      

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the outcome of his three-day visit to the Untied States and exchanging views with President Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders.

"It was an important visit with positive outcome in which U.S. government and people of America reaffirmed their long-term commitment and support for a stable and secure Afghanistan," Karzai told reporters after returning in his fortified Palace here.

During the three-day visit, the Afghan leader added that matters pertaining security situation in Afghanistan, war on terror, economic and social development, corruption, peace efforts, protecting civilian life and ensuring good governance was discussed with U.S. leaders.

The United States pledged its support for Afghan government's reconciliation processes, which allows honorable place in society to those who ceases ties with al-Qaida network, renounce violence and accepts Afghan Constitution, President Karzai said.

He said that the U.S. administration reaffirmed its commitment to transfer the responsibility of detention center to the Afghan government and the process will begin in January 2011.

U.S. military in Afghanistan is said to have held more than 800 suspected Taliban and al-Qaida operatives in its main base Bagram 50 km north of Kabul.

Source: Xinhua


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