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US Committed For Long-term Cooperation With Afghanistan

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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Kabul (BNA) US Defense Secretary addressing a joint press conference with President Hamid Karzai has said that the US is committed in its long-term cooperation with Afghanistan. 
He added that Afghanistan not only has US support and the region, but the international community’s support towards moving to stability and further strengthening. 
Appreciating efforts of the Afghan authorities in enabling the security forces for defending their country, said that ensuring the security of the Traditional Loya Jirgah attests to our claim. 
He noted that as a result of sacrifices of the Afghan and international forces, the first phase of security transitional were successfully ended and the second phase of transition has been declared by the President of Afghanistan and this is a great progress indeed. 
He stressed further that we are committed that the blood the Afghan and the US forces have shed and accepted sacrifices will not be wasted. 
He added further that we shall reach our objective of a free Afghanistan with national sovereignty and self-reliant, that ensure its security on its own and there should no terrorists.
He described further that in his meeting with President Karzai we discussed our joint achievements including that how Pakistan will be prepared to work for further regional cooperation and stability in Afghanistan.
Welcoming the US defense Minister President Karzai said that we discussed current situation of Afghanistan and the region, strategic relations of Afghanistan and the region, strategic relations of Afghanistan with the US, training of Afghan security forces.  Answering a question President Karzai said Afghan-US cooperation has brought about security and stability in the country and this stability take us to better further, however, what has not been accomplished is individual security of the people against the attacks. 
As regards intrusion of US drone into Iranian air space president Karzai said that the Iranian government has sent a note to us in this respect and our foreign ministry if following this issue. 
President Karzai added that is committed to a perfect relation with its neighbors and during the past ten years the US and Iran has realized the position of Afghanistan has been partner in presence of the international forces and the US is also the great friend of our people. 
Having common cultural and linguistic bonds with Iran, Afghanistan will continue its ties with Iran and do not want to involve itself in the tension prevailing in US-Iran relations. 
We are desirous that they be friends and the Afghan national sovereignty and territorial integrity should not be utilized against any of them.  

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