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Karzai Thanks Bush for Toppling Taleban - 2002-09-12

President Bush met with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai Thursday. Mr. Bush is in New York where he is making his case for action against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Mr. Karzai again thanked President Bush for toppling Afghanistan's Taleban leaders who backed the terrorists responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks. "Mr. president, I assure you that you will find the Afghan people as your very best partners in the fight against terrorism, and as your very best partners wherever you bring justice in this part of the world, we will be with you," he said.

As part of what he calls a long-term commitment to a stable and peaceful Afghanistan, President Bush told Mr. Karzai that the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Japan will give his government $180 million to help repair the country's roads.

The leaders met following the president's address to the United Nations where he called on member states to force the Iraqi leader to comply with weapons inspections.

Mr. Bush did not threaten to attack Iraq but said action against Saddam Hussein will be "unavoidable" if he is not forced to disarm.