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French FM Meets Afghan President in Kabul


Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office says the Afghan leader and France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner have met in Kabul.

Mr. Karzai's aides issued a statement saying Mr. Kouchner pledged Thursday to boost financial support for Afghanistan's health sector, but the statement did not provide further details. It also said the two men discussed the needs of Afghanistan's police force.

France has about 2,800 troops currently serving in NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

In violence Thursday, Afghan border police said a suicide car bomber attacked a police post in the southeast, near the Pakistani border.

Officials said the attack in Spin Boldak wounded at least four police officers and one civilian. There are conflicting reports about whether one of the police officers later died.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police officials said the driver blew up his vehicle as he approached the police position.

Spin Boldak is one of the major border crossing points between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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