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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of President Obama's Videoconference with President Karzai

President Obama spoke with President Karzai this morning by video teleconference.  The two leaders spoke for approximately 30 minutes and discussed a number of topics, including progress by coalition and Afghan National Security forces as security responsibility transitions towards a full Afghan lead in 2014, and our work together to forge a long-term strategic partnership.  The President and President Karzai also discussed their shared commitment to Afghan-led reconciliation and support for a strategy of regional engagement. The two leaders looked ahead to important upcoming international meetings in Istanbul and in Bonn, and agreed to maintain their close consultations going forward.