Obama, Karzai agree to continue ‘partnership’
WASHINGTON: United States President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai agreed in a video conference on Thursday to continue a “partnership” tested by violence sparked after US troops burned Holy Qurans.
The two leaders also discussed regional security and Afghan-led reconciliation talks with the Taliban, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
“The leaders noted progress toward concluding a strategic partnership that reinforces Afghan sovereignty while addressing the practical requirements of transition,” he added, referring to the deal that would lay out US involvement in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when most foreign combat troops are due to leave.
The agreement has been held up for months by disagreement over night raids and control of detention centers now managed by foreign forces.
Carney also noted an agreement by both leaders to stay in close contact as the transfer of power nears.