Karzai, Obama Meet Friday

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President Karzai is set to meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday to discuss a range of issues, including the security and economic transitions.

"Obama looks forward to welcoming the Afghan delegation to Washington, and discussing our continued transition in Afghanistan, and our shared vision of an enduring partnership between the United States and Afghanistan," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

President Hamid Karzai is leading a high-level Afghan delegation on a three-day official trip to Washington.

During the visit, Karzai is meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, among others.

Clinton will host a working dinner for Karzai on Thursday and then join Obama at the White House on Friday. Karzai is also scheduled to have a public appearance at Georgetown University on Friday, shortly before flying back to Kabul.

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 parts of his body. He was taken to the United States for treatment on December 15.

The Afghan officials accompanying Karzai include Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi, Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, High Peace Council Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani, Security Transition Commission Chief Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and Chief of Staff to the President Abdul Karim Khurram.

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