Afghan President, Hamid Karzai
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Afghan president backs US pact in tribal elders talks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a meeting of tribal elders that a security pact with the US is in the best interests of both nations.

He was addressing the gathering, or loya jirga, in the capital, Kabul, amid tight security.

The president said that any deal with the US could only work if Afghan sovereignty was respected.

Orla Guerin reports from Kabul.

  • 16 Nov 2011
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