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Obama: World is Behind Strategy for Afghanistan

Obama: World is Behind Strategy for Afghanistani
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Dan Robinson
May 21, 2012 10:59 AM
Leaders of the 28 members of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, opened their summit on Sunday in Chicago, hosted by President Barack Obama. VOA Senior White House Correspondent Dan Robinson reports that NATO is reaffirming the planned transition to Afghan-led security and long-term support for Afghanistan.]
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CHICAGO - U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Chicago on Sunday, reaffirming a shared vision of creating a secure and stable Afghanistan.  

 

Obama referred to what he called the "broad consensus" of the International Security Assistance Force on a complete transition to Afghan-led security, and the need for continuing international support. "Also painting a vision post-2014 in which we have ended our combat role, the Afghan war as we understand it is over, but commitment to friendship and partnership with Afghanistan continues," he said. 

 

Obama said the Strategic Partnership Agreement he and Karzai signed earlier this month is part of a shared vision for Afghanistan transitioning from decades of war to "a transformational decade of peace, stability and development."

 

President Karzai said he reaffirmed his government's commitment to completing a transition to Afghan-led security by 2013, on the way to the complete withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014, so Afghanistan is "no longer a burden" on the international community.

 

NATO Protestors Rally in Chicagoi
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Kane Farabaugh
May 21, 2012 11:02 AM
Protesters greeted the opening session of the NATO alliance's annual summit with massive anti-war demonstrations in Chicago. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh was in the midst of the action and tells us about it.
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But the Afghan president said his country requires ongoing support. "In the meantime, the world community, in particular the United States, and our allies in NATO and ISAF will be with us to make sure that we take steady and strong steps, and are backed while we are making those steps toward 2024, when Afghanistan will be largely defending itself and providing for itself," he said. 

 

President Obama said President Karzai recognized "the enormous sacrifices" made by the American people and U.S. forces in Afghanistan and by troops of other coalition partners.

 

Interview With Eklil Hakimii
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Aru Pande
May 22, 2012 1:06 AM
Eklil Hakimi discusses the NATO transition in Afghanistan
Interview With Afghan Ambassador Eklil Hakimi
Although Obama said more lives will be lost in Afghanistan, he and Karzai are confident that NATO and Afghanistan are on the right track. "There will be hard days ahead, but we're confident that we are on the right track and what this NATO summit reflects that the world is behind the strategy that we have laid out," he said. 

 

Earlier, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is committed to helping Afghanistan sustain security, including training for the Afghan military as the International Security Assistance Force withdraws.

 

"There will be no rush for the exits, we will stay committed to our operation in Afghanistan and see it through to a successful end.  Our goal, our strategy, our timetable remain unchanged," he said. 

 

Rasmussen noted that although France's President Francois Hollande has reaffirmed his plan to withdraw French troops by the end of this year, he added that Hollande says  France will support Afghanistan in other ways.

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by: Khalid from: Karachi
May 21, 2012 2:35 PM
This is a big misconception by the Americans that they can get out of this muck so smoothly. As soon as they thin out they will slaughtered by Afghans and will have worst beating than what they got in Vietnam. Russians Jews were not fools to stop financing their urge to drive to warm waters after 200 years of hard efforts.Their tea shop vendor Mr. Karzai along with his group will either be minced or will join the so called Taliban, once known as Mujahideens.The Afghan Army raised with American finances will serve better the Taliban. Mr. Osama has created lot of problem for his brother Mr.Obama.


by: A from: Kabul
May 20, 2012 3:27 PM
We hope the NATO summit in Chicago have a good and effective result for Afghanistan future security and peace.
Afghanistan seriously need the international community aid and support and without their support all the decade earns and achievement toward democracy, human rights and peace will destroy over a night.
On the other hand peace and security in Afghanistan has directly effect on NATO and US successful mission on the world.
They should press Pakistan to stop the the support of Al qaida and international terrorism and let international community to demolish safe stronghold of terrorism inside Pakistan border.


by: Haron from: Afghanistan
May 20, 2012 9:24 AM
I reject Zardari comments that says Poverties or Economic problems covers the conflicts in the region. if they mention that point. i can prove that their attitudes, Behaviors & souls are rude. most of them are working in widest international organizations in Kabul & Afghanistan. these kind of people are rude more than tribalism. they need a bulldozers to clean up from world & re-born again for humanitarian.

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