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Afghan president advocates strategic partnership with U.S. amid Taliban threats


08:09, November 17, 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivers a speech during the opening of the Loya Jirga or traditional grand assembly, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 16, 2011. Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said that having strategic partnership with U.S. would benefit Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

By Abdul Haleem

KABUL, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday that having strategic partnership with the United States would benefit Afghanistan.

"Having strategic relations with the United States is in the benefit of Afghanistan, but we have preconditions in this regard. Our conditions are that the United States and NATO forces should stop searching Afghan houses and night operations, should halt having parallel establishments with the Afghan administration and should respect our national sovereignty from now on," Karzai said in his speech at the Loya Jirga or traditional grand assembly.

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