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Afghanistan, Pakistan and UN Comment on New US Strategy

Pakistani FM Qureshi says US should stay in neighboring Afghanistan at least five more years. The top United Nations official in Afghanistan urges coalition forces to consider a 'transition strategy' instead of an 'exit strategy.'

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An Afghan lawmaker is questioning the timing of President Barack Obama's announcement of a new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan.

Parliament member Daud Sultanzoi says he is surprised Mr. Obama is unveiling his strategy before Afghan President Hamid Karzai's new government is in place.  Mr. Karzai was sworn in for a second term in November.

Sultanzoi says it will be difficult for the U.S. to hold a new Afghan government accountable when that government technically does not exist yet.  He commented Tuesday, ahead of President Obama's speech outlining his new strategy.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says the U.S. should stay in neighboring Afghanistan at least five more years.   In comments Tuesday, he said the U.S. should not quit until its mission in the country is complete.

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan is urging coalition forces to consider a "transition strategy" instead of an "exit strategy." 

Special representative Kai Eide says the transition approach allows Afghan authorities to gradually take on more responsibilities.   Eide says President Obama may be considering the same strategy. 
 

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