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Karzai, Rasmussen Back French Troop Exit

Karzai, Rasmussen Back French Troop Exit

May 23, 2012

CHICAGO/ WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday supported the decision of new French President Francois Hollande to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of this ...

We Don’t Want to be Burden: Karzai

We Don’t Want to be Burden: Karzai

May 22, 2012

needs to be completeCHICAGO - President Hamid Karzai on Monday said Afghanistan did not want to burden the international community and insisted the transition process should be completed as scheduled in 2014.
Karzai told reporters after holding talks with his US counterpart Barak Obama on Sunday, on the sidelines of the ongoing NATO Summit in Chicago, the meeting had been productive.
He said his government would take full control of the country's security once coalition troops handed over security affairs to Afghan forces.
"The transition process is a very vital issue for Afghanistan it ...

NATO to Endorse Afghan Exit Plan, Seeks Routes Out

NATO to Endorse Afghan Exit Plan, Seeks Routes Out

May 22, 2012

CHICAGO - NATO leaders will endorse plans to hand over combat command in Afghanistan by mid-2013 on Monday and seek practical progress in opening routes to bring an international army of more than 130,000 back home from an unpopular, resource-draining war.
The strategy for a gradual exit from Afghanistan is aimed at holding ...

Kabul, Washington Agree on Ending the War

Kabul, Washington  Agree on Ending the War

May 22, 2012

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his American counterpart Barack Obama on Sunday agreed that a lot of hard work had to be done to achieve the goals in Afghanistan, even as significant progress had been made.
"We recognize the hardship that the Afghan people have been ...

Strategic Pact Signed with Australia

Strategic Pact Signed with Australia

May 22, 2012

CHICAGO - President Hamid Karzai and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday signed a strategic partnership agreement on cooperation in security, economic development and trade.
The signing took place in Chicago, where the two leaders are attending the 25th NATO summit, at which Afghanistan's future is being ...

NATO Wants Pakistan to Facilitate Afghan Stability

NATO Wants Pakistan to Facilitate Afghan Stability

May 22, 2012

CHICAGO - NATO on Sunday said countries in the region, particularly Pakistan, had important roles in ensuring enduring peace, stability and security in Afghanistan and in facilitating the completion of the transition process. While hailing the progress on transit arrangements with Central Asian partners and Russia, the alliance said it continued to work with ...

Financing ANSF Costs Less than Maintaining Foreign Army: Karzai

Financing ANSF Costs Less than  Maintaining Foreign Army: Karzai

May 21, 2012

KABUL - Training, equipping and financing Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will cost much less than it does to maintain the foreign soldiers in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said Saturday in separate interviews with German media. In his interview with both RTL and ZDF German TV stations, Karzai said as foreign forces leave Afghanistan, they are saving money, some of which could be invested back into the Afghan security forces.
"With completion of security transition, the expenses of ...

NATO Leaders Seek Common Path Out of Afghanistan

NATO Leaders  Seek Common Path Out of Afghanistan

May 21, 2012

CHICAGO - NATO leaders gather in Chicago on Sunday for a summit that will chart a path out of Afghanistan, as Western nations seek to fend off fissures in their alliance and ensure Afghanistan can hold a still-potent Taliban at bay when foreign troops withdraw. President Barack Obama hosts the summit in his home town, Chicago, a day after leaders of major ...

Strategic Pact to Be Inked Soon with Turkey

Strategic Pact to Be Inked Soon with Turkey

May 21, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul would soon sign a long-term strategic partnership agreement, a move that would further boost the existing robust relations between the two nations, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on ...

Obama Tries NATO Fix for Afghanistan Security

Obama Tries NATO Fix for Afghanistan Security

May 21, 2012

HICAG0 - US President Barack Obama on Sunday faces the task of persuading financially pressed European governments and their war-weary citizens to back Afghanistan's security over the next decade.
As the 28 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and ...

Afghanistan Fighting Alliance Remains Strong: Rasmussen

Afghanistan Fighting Alliance  Remains Strong: Rasmussen

May 21, 2012

CHICAGO - The United States and NATO leaders are insisting the Afghanistan fighting coalition will remain whole despite France's plans to yank combat troops out ...

Gillard to Sign Afghan Aid Deal

Gillard to Sign  Afghan Aid Deal

May 21, 2012

SYDNEY - The future of Australia's aid to Afghanistan will be mapped out in an agreement Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Afghan counterpart will sign on the sidelines of a major NATO summit in the United States.
The agreement will focus on aid and development but also touch on trade, investment and cultural ...

Rohrabacher Urges Clinton to Invite ANF to Chicago Summit

Rohrabacher Urges Clinton to Invite ANF to Chicago Summit

May 20, 2012

WASHINGTON - A key US lawmaker on Friday urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to immediately invite Afghan National Front (ANF) to the NATO summit in Chicago, arguing that peace in Afghanistan could not be achieved without its cooperation.
"The National Front must be at the table when the future of their country is being discussed," Congressman Dana Rohrabacher wrote in a letter to Clinton, which was released to the press. There was no immediate reaction from the State Department.
"The overly centralized (President Hamid) Karzai's government ...

Joint Strategy Stressed to Boost Pak-Afghan Trade

Joint Strategy  Stressed to Boost  Pak-Afghan Trade

May 20, 2012

PESHAWAR - At the concluding session of two-day National Conference on Afghan Transit Trade, the experts and analysts have called for adopting a joint strategy to boost up trade relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which could be beneficial for economic prosperity and improvement of trade activities in the ...

Obama, Hollande Agree on Much, But Not Afghanistan

Obama, Hollande Agree on Much, But Not Afghanistan

May 20, 2012

WASHINGTON - New French President Francois Hollande told President Barack Obama on Friday that he will stick by his pledge to withdraw France's troops from Afghanistan at year's end, a note of discord in an otherwise convivial first meeting between the two ...

G8 Focusing on Greece; NATO, on Afghanistan

G8 Focusing on Greece; NATO, on Afghanistan

May 20, 2012

CHICAGO - World leaders huddling at the Group of Eight meeting on Saturday are "unified in their approach" to Iran's nuclear ambitions, President Barack Obama said in his opening remarks at Camp David. The leaders agree that Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear power, Obama said, but they harbored "grave concern" that ...

Afghanistan Yet to Benefit from IRU Facilities

Afghanistan Yet to  Benefit from IRU Facilities

May 20, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan has been unable over the past 37 years to benefit from joining the International Road Transport Union (IRU) due to decades of conflict. Renewing Afghanistan's agreement with the IRU in 2010, transport officials had said Afghan vehicles carrying commercial goods would be able in seven months to travel ...

Obama, Karzai to Discuss Afghan Future

Obama, Karzai to  Discuss Afghan Future

May 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama would have a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Chicago, a top presidential aide said on Thursday.
At the same time, officials noted, no bilateral talks were scheduled between Obama and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, who would be attending the summit at the invitation of the NATO secretary-general.
"The first meeting that he (Obama) will have on Sunday will be with President Karzai of Afghanistan -- obviously an important meeting because a central focus of the NATO summit will be on Afghanistan and ...

France to Continue Helping NATO Mission, Hopes US

France to Continue Helping NATO  Mission, Hopes US

May 19, 2012

KABUL - Despite its new president's campaign pledge to withdraw French troops from Afghanistan this year, France would continue to contribute to the NATO mission in Afghanistan, the United States said on Thursday.
Scheduled to pay his maiden visit to the White House on Friday ahead of the G-8 summit, President Francois Hollande plans to announce a ...

Japan-Funded Hospital to Treat Communicable Diseases

Japan-Funded Hospital to Treat Communicable Diseases

May 19, 2012

KABUL - A special Japanese-funded hospital that would treat communicable diseases would soon take shape in the capital Kabul, after the foundation stone was laid by officials on Thursday. The hospital, costing $28 million, will be constructed on 2.5 acres of land in the Darul Aman area in Kabul's west and funded by Japan, Minister of Public Health Dr. Soraya ...

Pakistan has Abiding Interest in Afghan Prosperity: Khar

Pakistan has  Abiding Interest in  Afghan Prosperity: Khar

May 19, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has renewed its abiding interest in Afghanistan's stability and prosperity, saying its leadership remained committed to working closely with the government in Kabul to achieve the objective.
Foreign Minister Khar reiterated Pakistan's desire at a meeting with ...

Pakistan Opens NATO Supply Route: Officials

Pakistan Opens NATO Supply Route: Officials

May 19, 2012

PESHAWAR - Pakistan allowed four containers of office supplies for the US embassy in Kabul to cross into Afghanistan for the first time following a six-month blockade, officials said on Friday.
The trucks were permitted to cross as Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari prepares to meet NATO ...

Government Failed to Respond to Public Demands

Government Failed to Respond to Public Demands

May 17, 2012

Faryab: As part of its spring political offensive, the Afghanistan National Front (ANF) is holding a series of rallies in the Northern Afghanistan. Yesterday, Maimana, the provincial capital of Faryab, the most populous province of the North witnessed one of the largest rallies of its history. The ANF successfully held an impressive rally in Shiberghan, Jowzjan ...

Strategic Cooperation Deal Inked with Germany

Strategic Cooperation Deal Inked with Germany

May 17, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday signed a long-term strategic cooperation agreement between their countries in Berlin on Wednesday, a presidential aide said.
Germany is the sixth country with which Afghanistan has concluded such a pact. In recent months, similar agreements were wrapped up with ...

Australia Pledges $300mln to Afghan Transition

Australia Pledges $300mln to Afghan Transition

May 17, 2012

SYDNEY - Australia pledged to contribute US$300 million to Afghanistan in the years following the withdrawal of foreign troops to assist local forces with the transition.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Canberra would provide US$100 million annually for three years from 2015 "as part of ...

Amu River, Afghan Tajik Oil is Sufficient: Shahrani

Amu River,  Afghan Tajik Oil is  Sufficient: Shahrani

May 17, 2012

KABUL - Oil from Amu River and Afghan Tajik oil zones will not only be sufficient for Afghanistan, but also could export oil to other countries, Afghan Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani said today.
The oil extraction bidding process will be started in five months ...

MTNA Reduces Calling Rate

MTNA Reduces Calling Rate

May 17, 2012

KABUL – The Mobile Telecommunications Network Afghanistan (MTNA) on Wednesday announced that it will extend its offer of Reduced Rate (0.99Afs) for On-net voice calls. The decision was made based on customer feedback where there was an overwhelming response in overall ...

Strong ANSF Needed to Protect Civilians: NGOS

Strong ANSF Needed to Protect Civilians: NGOS

May 17, 2012

KABUL - As NATO members gear to debate Afghanistan's future at the Chicago Summit, non-governmental agencies said on Wednesday that Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were not yet ready to take security control and provide adequate protection for civilians. About 15 national and international development, humanitarian and ...

ANSF Unable to Take Security Responsibilities: MPs

ANSF Unable to  Take Security  Responsibilities: MPs

May 16, 2012

KABUL - Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are not able to take security responsibilities and the third phase of transition will face major challenges, Afghan MPs said Tuesday.
The MPs also cited that the decision made yesterday by President Hamid Karzai to start the third phase of security transition should be revised because Afghan forces are still not fully trained and equipped and are not able to hold security without the help of another major military force.
Herati MP Saleh Mohammad Saljoqi believes that the conditions are not ...

Killings Won’t Scuttle Peace Drive: Rabbani

Killings Won’t Scuttle Peace Drive: Rabbani

May 16, 2012

KABUL - Chairman of High Peace Council Sallahuddin Rabbani on Tuesday said the killing of political leaders and council members could not derail the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan.
Rabbani and some family members of the late Maulvi Arsala Rahmani were invited to the Senate (upper house of parliament) to offer ...

Senate Approves TAPI Pipeline Deal

Senate Approves  TAPI Pipeline Deal

May 16, 2012

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, on Tuesday approved the agreement on a gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.
The Senate okayed the accord on the multibillion-dollar project, also known as TAPI pipeline, after it was placed before the house by the Public Welfare ...

EU Renews Long-Term Commitment to Afghanistan

EU Renews Long-Term Commitment to Afghanistan

May 16, 2012

KABUL - Foreign ministers of the 27 European Union member states on Monday reaffirmed their long-term commitment to supporting Afghanistan during transition and the decade of transformation.
With Afghanistan top on the agenda, the ministers, together with the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European ...

ISAF to Continue Playing Combat Role if Needed

ISAF to Continue Playing Combat Role if Needed

May 15, 2012

KABUL - While Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) gradually take over security affairs, NATO troops would support the country in combat operations, if necessary, especially after 2014, an ISAF spokesman said on Monday.
“As Afghan forces move more into the lead for combat operations across the country, ISAF will increasingly take more of a supporting role, but that will include supporting Afghans in combat, if necessary,” Christen Jacobson told a news conference in ...

Obama, Karzai to Confer on Afghan Sovereignty

Obama, Karzai to Confer on Afghan Sovereignty

May 15, 2012

KABUL - The US President Barack Obama has welcomed the beginning of the third phase in the handover of security responsibilities to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
Obama welcomed the handover of security duties in 122 more districts across Afghanistan, announced on Sunday by the President Hamid ...

Turkey Approves Deal for Training Pak, Afghan Military

Turkey Approves  Deal for Training Pak, Afghan Military

May 15, 2012

ANKARA - Parliament approved a protocol concerning the training of Afghan and Pakistani military personnel. The governments of Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan, emphasizing their desire to improve relations and cooperation in the field of ...