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Afghanistan and Italy to Sign Strategic Cooperation Document Today

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January 26, 2012 - As the first leg of his 4-day European tour, President Karzai arrived in Rome Wednesday afternoon and met with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to discuss issues of mutual interest including the current situation in Afghanistan.

President Karzai, on behalf of the people of Afghanistan thanked Italy for all its assistance both military and civilian and called “unforgettable” the sacrifices made by its soldiers serving for peace and security in Afghanistan.

President Karzai briefed President Napolitano on the overall situation in Afghanistan. Pointing to the false assumptions reported on media as if Afghanistan was to head back into internal crisis after foreign troops leave the country in 2014, the President said, “Afghanistan is a strong country with a government. I am firmly confident that the country will never slip back to the past.”

The President hailed his visit to Rome and said it was a great pleasure to see Afghanistan enter into a long-term strategic partnership with its friend Italy.

President Napolitano assured his country’s continued assistance to Afghanistan and strongly noted that with all the assistance and the sacrifices Italy had given, it could not afford to see Afghanistan regress back into internal problems.

It is set that President Karzai meets this evening with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and officially sign the strategic partnership agreement between the two countries.

The document is said to ensure Italy’s long term past 2014 assistance covering a wide range of areas including political, security, economic, counter narcotics and rule of law as well as cultural, media and capacity building cooperation with Afghanistan.

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