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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Kabul (BNAS) President Hamid Karzai in a letter addressed to the French President congratulated him on his election as the new French President on his behalf and the people of Afghanistan. 
The results of the second presidential election round in France indicated that Francois Holland has won 52% of votes and elected as the French president. 
In the letter, president Karzai felicitated the victory of the new French president calling it the support of the French people for the programs that he will follow in future. 
President Karzai stressed that Afghanistan and France some months back has signed an important strategic cooperation agreement and in addition to its benefits this agreement that we are committed to, we want our historical ties of friendship between the two nations further expand and consolidate and I believe that with our joint efforts we shall attain this objective. 
President Karzai while wishing success for the new French president desires calm life for the people of France.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Elders, religious leaders from different districts of Logar province and some MPs from the province in their meeting with President Karzai emphasized on reconstruction of the province. 
At the meeting Maqsudi and Eng. Sahib Khan on others behalf explained their problems in terms of education, health and electricity supplies and some other environmental problems and asked for speed up of reconstruction in the province. 
They also asked for making the structure of the local police force and starting of practical work on the Ainak Copper Mines. 
Touching on the Kuchi settlement program they said that Kuchis are a big important segment of the Afghan society, and at a time that the local population are facing problems in access to land, if land is given to the Kuchis in the province they will face more problems in this respect as well. 
They proposed in order that the Kuchis settlement program is implemented in better manner, they should be provided with land in different province. 
President Karzai after hearing their local problems, assured the people of the province that their problems will be taken at the coming meeting of the cabinet in presence of the Logar deputies at the National Assembly and the Logar governor and a solution will be sought for them.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with the Afghan ambassadors of Heart of Asian countries who attended the seminar in Kabul for preparing holding of the Kabul Conference within the framework of Istanbul process. 
At the meeting it was reiterated that the ambassadors should explain in the countries of their mission that signing of the Afghan-US strategic cooperation treaty is not against the interest of the regional countries. 
Jawaed Ludeen deputy minister for political affairs of foreign ministry talking on amicable ties with the regional countries said that the Afghan ambassadors in the countries of Heart of Asia in their two-day seminar in Kabul discussed importance of cooperation and cohesion within the framework of the Istanbul process and the Afghan-US strategic cooperation treaty. 
President Karzai while welcoming the Afghan ambassadors in the Heart of Asia said that you must assure the countries of the region that signing of the strategic cooperation treaty with the US not harms them and that misunderstanding in this respect is eliminated in this respect. 
It is said that the countries of the Heart of Asia including Afghanistan are China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Russia, Kirghizstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Kabul (BNA) France’s future commitment to Afghanistan after the just concluded presidential vote would be discussed at NATO’s Chicago Summit later this month, an official of the alliance said on Monday.
France, a key NATO member, on Sunday voted into power Socialist President Francois Hollande , who hinted last week at pulling out French soldiers by end of 2012 two years ahead of complete NATO exit from Afghanistan.
“France has made clear its commitment to Afghanistan. France has made clear its commitment to supporting the training of the Afghan National Security Forces after 2014. And it’s those issues that will be discussed with the new president of France at the NATO Summit in Chicago in two weeks time,” said Dominic Medley, NATO senior civilian representative’s spokesman.
Hollande, who takes oath on Monday, is expected to hold high levels talks with NATO leaders and US President Barack Obama in Chicago on France’s future role in Afghanistan.
About 3,300 French troops are currently deployed to Afghanistan mainly in southern Kandahar province - as part of the 130,000-strong NATO – led International Security Assistance Force.
Over 80 French soldiers have been killed in the country since 2001.
Nearly 60 world leaders and international organizations are expected to converge on Chicago to attend the summit, slated for May 20-21.
Dominic Medley told journalists in Kabul the summit would mainly focus on three main themes-the alliances commitment to Afghanistan through transition and beyond, ensuring NATO has the capabilities to defend its population and territory and strengthening NATO’s network across the globe.
NATO was clearly committed to supporting Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the gradual transition of responsibility for the country’s security would be fully implemented, he added.