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President Karzai Speaks With President Obama On Telephone

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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai had a telephone conversation with Barak Obama President of the United State of America.
In the telephone conversation, the two Presidents discussed a range of issues, including civilian’s casualties, security transition, preparations for Afghanistan’s 2014 elections, and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation efforts.
Expressing grave concern over continued civilian casualties, particularly referring to the deaths of children in the recent ISAF military operation in Kunar province, President Karzai said that the continuation of civilian casualties would impact the Afghan-US relations and efforts to conclude the bilateral security agreement.
The two leaders welcomed Afghan security forces’ increasingly assuming lead responsibility for security across the country.
On the preparation for 2014 elections, President Karzai reaffirmed his support and commitment to a free, fair and inclusive election in Afghanistan, stressing that no internal or external interferences would be allowed in the elections.
President Obama welcomed President Karzai’s recent discussion in Doha with H.E Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on the Afghan-led peace process.
President Karzai welcomed the March 25 handover of the Bagram detention facility to Afghan sovereignty.
In the telephone conversation, President Obama reassured President Karzai of US continued cooperation on the issues discussed.
 

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