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President hails Afghan partnership

<p>President Barack Obama presented a united front with Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday in a bid to show their differences were behind them and they were on track to start bringing U.S. troops home next year.</p>

President Barack Obama presented a united front with Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday in a bid to show their differences were behind them and they were on track to start bringing U.S. troops home next year.


The Obama administration, backing away from a publicly tough approach to Karzai widely believed to have backfired, gave the Afghan leader the red-carpet treatment in the culmination of a four-day visit at a pivotal time in the 9-year-old war.


The White House talks were meant not only to reassure the Afghan leader of a long-term U.S. commitment to his government but also to convince a skeptical American public and Congress that the war is worth fighting and funding.


Obama played down strains in relations marked by Washington’s open criticism of Karzai for tolerating corruption and the Afghan leader’s rebukes against his Western allies.

 
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