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President Karzai Leaves For Europe To Sign Strategic Partnership Agreements

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai left Kabul for a 5-day trip to Turkmenistan and Europe, which will take him to Italy, France and UK, a statement said. 
The president, leading a high level delegation, is scheduled to first land in Ashgabat for a bilateral meeting with President Qurban Quly Berdi-Muharrmedov on issues of mutual interest and enhanced bilateral cooperation, presidential press office said. 
During his stay in Europe, signing the long-term strategic partnership agreements is intended to make the crucial purpose of the president’s visit that seeks to ensure Europe’s continued assistance and cooperation with the Afghan people in their efforts for reconstruction and development, the statement added. 
According to the statement, in Rome, Italy, where the President would start with, he would be meeting with Prime Minister Mario Monti and a number of other high ranking officials including the Speakers of both Houses of the Parliament. 
A long-term partnership document is expected to be signed between the two countries aiming to enhance the areas of Italian assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan. 
The president would then leave Rome for Paris, France, where aside from signing an important strategic partnership treaty, he would meet with president Sarkozy and other senior government officials and is expected to participate at a reception hosted is his honor by French Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Bernard Accoyer. 
In his visit to Paris, the president is also scheduled to pay a visit to an exhibition to display a historic archive of Afghan-French relations.
On Friday evening, the President would be heading to London, where he would meet Prime Minister David Cameron and sign a long-term Afghan-UK cooperation document. 
The president would be attending joint press availability with Prime Minister Cameron followed by a reception hosted by the prime minister, the statement observed. 
Foreign Minister Dr. Rasoul, National Security Advisor Dr. Spanta, Mining Minister, Shahrani, Chief of Staff to the President Abdul Karim Khuram and President’s Spokesman Aimal Faizi are the president accompanying delegation.

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