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Bush, Afghan President Discuss Battling Extremism

President Bush called Afghan President Hamid Karzai from the White House earlier Thursday to reaffirm the strong relationship shared between the two countries.

According to the White House, the two leaders discussed ongoing security operations against extremist elements. They also spoke about efforts to implement security, governance, and economic development and reconstruction in war-shattered Afghanistan.

The White House says the issue of counter-narcotics efforts was also raised. Afghanistan is the world's number one producer of opium.

The White House said both presidents will continue to work together to build a prosperous Afghanistan and fight the global war on terror.

Mr. Karzai is considered a key ally in the U.S. war against terrorism. There are some 26,000 U.S. troops currently deployed in Afghanistan, helping NATO fight Taleban militants and work on reconstruction projects.