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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday morning in Kabul, announcing that the US was designating Afghanistan a major non-Nato ally.
In a press conference with Karzai, Clinton said the new reference provides "a long-term framework for security and defence cooperation."
A three-day polio vaccination campaign kicked off in Afghanistan's eastern and southern regions with local officials calling for insurgent groups to allow the vaccination teams to do their work.
In the east of the country, the provinces Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan were targeted in the vaccination drive aimed at eradicating polio - a condition easily prevented with an immunization administered by mouth.
Afghan political parties largely welcomed the US designation of Afghanistan as a "major non-Nato ally", calling it an opportunity for the country.
In an unannounced trip to Kabul on Saturday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the US had assigned Afghanistan as a major non-Nato ally, the first time the Obama administration has issued the official title to any country.