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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with the British opposition leader at the presidential palace yesterday, discussing bilateral relations, peace process, and regional and Afghanistan situation. 
Miliband congratulated president Karzai on the achievements of the Chicago conference and assured him that the British people will continue its support to the Afghan people within the joint strategic agreement will not leave alone the Afghan national before the threats by the insurgency. 
Both sides in the meeting emphasized on the consolidation of peace and praised the efforts of the Afghan side in this direction. 
President Hamid Karzai called the role of Britain in peace process and said that British can play a big role in the peace process led by the Afghans and take significant steps in this direction.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, received the leader of the UK Labor Party, Mr. Ed Milliband, this morning at the Foreign Ministry.
Dr. Rassoul expressed the gratitude of the Afghan government and people for the United Kingdom’s contributions to Afghanistan over the past decade, particularly in Helmand province.
“We have achieved a tremendous amount in Afghanistan over the past decade in the political, social and economic life of our citizens,” said Dr. Rassoul. “Britain’s role in these shared achievements has been particularly significant.”
Dr. Rassoul also briefed Mr. Milliband and his accompanying delegation on the importance Afghanistan attaches to promoting confidence and cooperation in the Heart of Asia region. He also underlined the importance of Afghanistan’s long-term strategic partnerships with its international allies, including the United Kingdom, in sustaining the trust and confidence of the Afghan people in the future.
Dr. Rassoul also said the overwhelming approval of the Afghan-US long-term strategic partnership by the Wolesi Jirga today “showed the unanimity of Afghans of all walks in preserving the progress of the past decade and maintaining our close cooperation with the world in the interest of peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and the wider region.”
Mr. Milliband said his party would continue to encourage the UK government’s cooperation with Afghanistan. Mr. Milliband’s delegation included the British ambassador in Kabul, Sir Richard Stagg, and senior members of the Labor Party.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNA) NATO says that after Chicago summit the alliance new mission in Afghanistan is supporting Afghan security forces. 
In the summit attended by 50 nations, the participants pledged to train and equip Afghan security forces after 2014 when the NATO-led forces withdraw from Afghanistan. 
Secretary General of NATO Andors Fogh Rasmussen said that the military alliance and its allied nations had made strong commitment at Chicago to support and equip Afghanistan security forces to cope with security threat independently. 
In a statement released by NATO said that the process of security transition from NATO-led force to Afghan security forces going on smoothly and NATO by sending instructors would continue train and equip Afghan forces with light and heavy weaponry. 
NATO’s secretary general, according to the statement, however stated that challenges in Afghanistan are still lying ahead but the world community is determined to overcome, saying a peaceful Afghanistan benefits the region and the world. 
The NSATO-led forces are going to pull our Afghanistan by the end of the 2014. 
However, the political observers believe that the world community would equip and train Afghan security forces properly before leaving Afghanistan.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kabul (BNAS) France president Francois Hollande visited Kabul on Friday and held meeting with his Afghan counterpart president Hamid Karzai. 
Matters relating to bilateral relations, handing over security from NSATO-led force to Afghan security forces and French support in civilian fields came under discussion. 
Both the presidents also attended a joint press conference. 
President Karzai is sides welcoming his French counterpart and his entourage said that France is fan old friend of Afghanistan and have assisted Afghanistan on different fields. 
France, he said had built best school and hospital. President Karzai also congratulated Hollande over his election, saying his visit to farther depends the relations between the two nations. 
In his remarks at the press conference, president Hollande said French forces pullout is not the end of cooperation with Afghanistan. 
He said that France would continue to support Afghanistan in training of national police and army, in the reconstruction process, health, agriculture, cultural and education. 
Replaying a question president Karzai said: Our relations with Iran are very old and cordial and Afghanistan have been trying to have best relations with its brothers in Iran. 
We have cultural and linguistic commonality and we have clearly talked to our allied in NATO and inking strategic partnerships with US, France. 
Britain and NATO is not against any country.
Replaying another question, President Karzai said:  We have discussed the issue of equipping national army with our international friends and we are in contacts with NATO and Americans over the past several years to provide Afghan security forces with necessary weapons including radar and aircrafts in order to allow our forces to defend the country and hope they pay necessary attention.