Hillary meets Afghan national security advisor

Hillary Clinton`s meeting with Rangin Dadfar Spanta focused on the New Silk Road vision.

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks with Afghanistan`s national security advisor on Thursday, focusing on a new strategic pact between the nations, a State Department statement said.

Hillary’s meeting with Rangin Dadfar Spanta, also a former Afghan foreign minister, focused on "the New Silk Road vision”, a bilateral security agreement for when US troops leave Afghanistan in 2014, it said.

They also discussed a regional cooperation conference to be held in Istanbul in November and a second Afghanistan-focused meeting of nations scheduled for December in Bonn, Germany, as well as the situation at troubled Kabul Bank.

In February, Turkey pledged to help Afghanistan`s High Council For Peace (HCP), an organisation tasked with seeking dialogue with the Taliban, following talks with its chairman.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai set up the council last year to pursue talks with the insurgents in return for laying down their weapons and accepting the Constitution. The Taliban have publicly rejected the peace overtures.

There are currently around 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan, of which 33,000 will leave by mid-2012 in a process scheduled to see all American soldiers exit the country by the end of 2014.

Bureau Report

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