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Karzai Urges US Not to Forget Afghanistan Amid Iraq War Talk

President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai discussed Afghan reconstruction efforts, during talks at the White House Thursday. Mr. Karzai urged the Bush administration not to abandon Afghanistan as the United States prepares for possible war to disarm Iraq.

Mr. Bush called the Afghan president a courageous leader with a clear vision for his country. He pointed to statistics showing a big increase in refugees returning home and children attending school.

"This is tremendous progress," the president said. "And I want the American people to know that we are proud of the progress which is being made."

President Karzai said much has been accomplished but much more remains to be done.

"I am here to thank you and the American people, but I am also here to ask you to do more for us, in making the life of the Afghan people better," he said.

Mr. Karzai went on to stress that great strides have been made in the war on terrorism, but pockets of terrorist activity still remain. Earlier, he told U.S senators Afghanistan could again become a haven for terrorists, if U.S. support is cut.