Obama holds video conference with Karzai

13:40, October 06, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday held a video conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, voicing his support for completing transition to Afghan lead security responsibility by 2014, the White House said.

The two leaders spoke for 30 minutes and discussed a number of topics, including the strategic vision for long term U.S.-Afghan relations, the recent Afghan parliamentary elections and regional relations, the White House said.

It said that they agreed that they should "continue routine engagements to refine a common vision and to align our efforts to support President Karzai's goal of completing transition to Afghan lead security responsibility by 2014."

"In doing so, both leaders agreed that they would strive to conclude the U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Declaration by year's end and would support two Afghanistan-related themes at the NATO summit in Lisbon in November: transition to Afghan lead and an enduring commitment to the Afghan people," the White House said in a readout of the teleconference.

In a letter to Congress on Monday, Obama said that he will not make further adjustments to his Afghan strategy at this time.

Source: Xinhua

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