The Afghan president's comments come only days after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited both countries and said Islamabad must do more to crack down on militants using its territory as a staging ground for attacks on Afghanistan. Afghanistan's army is being trained and funded by primarily U.S. assistance.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Pakistan to urge the country's leadership to eliminate safe havens for terrorists, says that U.S. officials met with the Haqqani network this summer. She did not say who the participants were, or what was discussed.
Three months ago, the southern Afghan city of Kandahar looked to be dangerously unstable after the murders of Kandahar kingpin Ahmed Wali Karzai and the city's mayor. Despite fears of a struggle to fill the leadership vacuum, some Kandaharis say life is better without those power brokers.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Afghanistan to encourage the country's leadership to keep up reconciliation efforts with the Taliban. In a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Thursday, she stressed the U.S. will stay committed to the country long after U.S. troops are drawn down.
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