Afghan President endorses General Petraeus

General David Petraeus is the new commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Kabul: President Hamid Karzai is "looking forward" to working with General David Petraeus as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan after the resignation of Stanley McChrystal, his spokesman said.

"Since it was a US government internal decision we respect it. His replacement General David Petraeus is someone who knows Afghanistan, who knows the region very well and is an experienced general," Karzai`s spokesman Waheed Omar said.

"We are looking forward to working with him," he added.

Obama calls Karzai

US President Barack Obama called his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai yesterday to inform him about the decision to nominate Petraeus, as his new commander for Afghanistan.

During the telephone call, Obama underscored that his personal change in no way impacts the US policy in Afghanistan or the level of American commitment to the future of that country, the White House said in a statement.

The US President had called Karzai to inform him that he has accepted the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, as the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and has replaced him with seasoned General Petraeus, who is well versed with the policy and the region.

"The President also emphasised that the United States and Afghanistan must continue to work together to sustain the momentum against the Taliban building on the constructive VTC (video-teleconference) that the two leaders held yesterday (Tuesday)," the White House said.

"Both leaders expressed admiration and praise for General McChrystal`s leadership and service over the past year," the statement said.