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Air Force Two, the official aircraft of the US vice president, is expected to land in Washington in a few short hours carrying President Karzai and his delegation of high-level Afghan officials visiting the United States for vital discussions on security and economic issues.

First on Karzai's agenda is to visit the hospitalised intelligence chief Assadullah Khalid, who was flown to Virginia for treatment following a suicide attack on him last December in Kabul.

Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Sunday met former warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, now chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the army, to discuss the upcoming elections and post-2014 challenges.

The two are among the most powerful figures in northern Afghanistan. They discussed coordination and alliances among political parties ahead of the presidential elections in 2014.

Senator Zalmai Zabuli, head of the Senate Commission on Hearing Complaints, said Tuesday that Vice President Khalili had misused his authority by sending a letter to President Karzai to protest allegations that he was involved in land grabbing.

The vice president's letter had called the allegations without evidence, but Senator Zabuli pushed back. Speaking in a press conference in Kabul, Zabuli emphasized that it was the courts that have accused Khalili's brother, Haji Nabi, of land grabbing in the Balwan area of Baghlan province.

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