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Readout of President Obama’s Telephone Call with President Karzai

Earlier today, the President spoke with President Karzai of Afghanistan as a part of their regular consultations.  They discussed a range of issues, including security transition, preparations for Afghanistan’s 2014 elections, and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation efforts.  The leaders welcomed Afghan security forces’ increasingly assuming lead security responsibility across the country.  They also look forward to the spring 2013 milestone, which will mark a shift in ISAF’s mission from combat to support, as Afghan forces assume the operational lead across the country.  President Karzai affirmed his support for an inclusive process of preparing for Afghanistan’s 2014 elections, and the leaders noted that free, fair, and credible elections would be critical to Afghanistan’s future and continued international support.  The President welcomed President Karzai’s recent discussions in Doha with Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani regarding Afghan-led peace and reconciliation.  President Karzai welcomed the March 25 handover of the Parwan detention facility to Afghan control.  The leaders committed that their teams would continue to keep dangerous detainees off the battlefield and work in partnership at the facility, consistent with Afghan sovereignty.

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