Karzai Leaves Kabul to Meet Obama
 
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President Hamid Karzai is leading a high-level Afghan delegation on a three-day official trip to Washington to meet President Barack Obama and discuss security and economic issues.

President Karzai will hold separate meetings with President Obama and other high-ranking US officials to discuss various key issues, a statement from the president's office said.

"The discussions to be held by the high-level delegation of Afghanistan in this visit would mainly focus on security, economic and political transition processes, equipping and strengthening of Afghan security forces, the peace process and talks on bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States of America," the statement said.

President Karzai is also scheduled on Tuesday to visit Asadullah Khalid, head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), who is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in the United States.

Asadullah Khalid, who survived a suicide attack at an NDS guesthouse in Kabul on December 6, incurred serious injuries to the lower part of his body.

He was taken to the United States for treatment on December 15.

Karzai is accompanied on this trip by Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul, National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Minister of Defense General Bismellah Mohammadi, Minister of Finance Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Chairman of the High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani, Director of Transition Commission Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief of Staff to the President Abdul Karim Khuram.

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