Obama, Karzai vow to keep up pressure on Taliban

US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai have vowed to keep up the pressure on the Taliban and other extremist elements in order to protect the people of the war-torn country.

Washington: US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai have vowed to keep up the pressure on the Taliban and other extremist elements in order to protect the people of the war-torn country.

Obama and Karzai reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and progress in the war against terror in the region through a tele-video conference, which was also attended by US envoy to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and General David Petraeus, Commander of the US and NATO forces in that country.

This was the first tele-conference between the two leaders after Karzai wrote a letter to Obama, urging him to review the Afghan war policy.

"Both leaders agreed that the United States and Afghanistan should continue to work together to keep the pressure on the Taliban and to build Afghan capacity," the White House said in a statement.

"Both leaders also agreed to continue in our shared efforts to combat violent extremism, protect the Afghan people, improve governance, and deliver basic services, particularly at the local level," it said.

Obama reaffirmed that the US is committed to partnering with the Afghan people to ensure that Afghanistan is a stable, secure and prosperous country.

The meeting lasted for one hour, during which the two leaders discussed a number of issues, including the recent Kabul Conference, upcoming Afghan parliamentary elections, renewal of the US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Declaration, anti-corruption efforts, civilian casualties and regional relations.

PTI

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