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'Progress' in Afghan-Pakistan talks.

5/7/2009 6:51:43 PM

Afghanistan and Pakistan are making progress in efforts to combat violence in the region but without such co-operation "success is not achievable", the US envoy to the region has said.

Speaking after talks with influential US politicians, Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai (Persian and Pashto: حامد کرزي) (b. December 24, 1957) is the current President of Afghanistan, since December 7, 2004. He became the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime. , the Afghan president, and Asif Ali Zardari Asif Ali Zardari (Urdu: آصف علی زرداری) (Sindhi:آصف علي زرداري) (born July 21, 1956) is the chief of the Zardari tribe and the , his Pakistani counterpart, Richard Holbrooke Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (born April 24, 1941) is an American diplomat, magazine editor, author, Peace Corps official, and investment banker. He is also the only person to have held the Assistant Secretary of State position for two different regions of the world (Asia and  said the three nations would hold a second trilateral meeting after Afghan elections in August.

Zardari, for his part, said military operations This is a list of missions, operations, and projects. Missions in support of other missions are not listed independently. World War I
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 against Taliban fighters in Swat Swat (swät), district of the Malakand division, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Saidu Sharif is the capital. The largely inaccessible region is reached by air and through mountain passes from the south and east.  in Pakistan's northwest would continue until "normalcy nor·mal·cy  

Noun 1. normalcy - being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
" returns to the area.

Thursday's meeting came as US congress drafted a multi-billion-dollar aid package to help combat instability in the region.

Karzai's visit to Washington has coincided with widespread anger in Afghanistan over the reported deaths of dozens of civilians in an alleged US raid on Monday in the western province of Farah.

Civilian deaths

Asked about the Farah deaths, Karzai said all US politicians had expressed regret and "emphasised the need for working out measures that will reduce and eliminate eventually the possibility of civilian casualties Civilian casualties is a military term describing civilian or non-combatant persons killed or injured by military action. The description of civilian casualties includes any form of military action regardless of whether civilians were targeted directly. ".

"It causes pain to Afghans, it is something we want to have addressed very, very seriously and in a manner that will soon end casualties to the Afghan people," he said.

John Kerry Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. , the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Foreign relations may refer to:
  • Diplomacy, the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of groups or nations
  • Foreign policy, a set of political goals that seeks to outline how a particular country will interact with other countries of the
 Committee, praised the two leaders for answering US politician's questions about the conflict, now in its seventh year in Afghanistan.

"All of the Senators who were present today were encouraged by the reality with which both presidents addressed the questions and summarized the challenge," Kerry told reporters.

Karzai, who is to run for re-election in August, said the talks "brought us to the right light of mind on questions that we have together" and again pledged closer cooperation.

Zardari said meeting senators who play a key role in overseeing US aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan "brings strength to the situation that we have and anything that brings strength is very good".

Al Jazeera's James Bays James Bay, shallow southern arm of Hudson Bay, c.300 mi (480 km) long and 140 mi (230 km) wide, E central Canada, in Nunavut Territory between Ont. and Que. Numerous rivers flow into the bay; many of these have been developed for hydroelectric power in Quebec (see  in Washington said the meetings between Afghan and Pakistani leaders appeared to have gone well but that no specific policy pledges had been made.

Obama praise

Barack Obama, the US president, promised on Wednesday a "lasting commitment" to Afghanistan and Pakistan after holding talks with the two nations' leaders in Washington DC.

He said the two countries, along with the US, shared a common goal of dismantling, disrupting and defeating al-Qaeda, the Taliban and its allies, and improving security in the neighbouring nations.

"Our strategy reflects a fundamental truth, the future of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US are linked," Obama said.

Obama praised both Karzai and Zardari as fully appreciating the "seriousness" of the situation in the region.

However, he cautioned that people should expect more violence and more setbacks.

Obama has pledged to deal with the situation in the two countries with a joint strategy that deploys about 20,000 more troops to Afghanistan to combat the rising threat from Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters and hand billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan. 2003 - 2009

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