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Bush hails Afghanistan's progress under Karzai
March 01, 2006 17:44 IST
US President George W Bush Wednesday hailed Afghanistan's progress under President Hamid Karzai since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
"We are impressed by the progress that your country is making Mr President, a lot of it has to do with your leadership," Bush told Karzai at a joint conference during the US leader's first visit to the country.
Karzai said Afghanistan was indebted to the United States, which led the military operation that overthrew the hardline Taliban following the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
"We owe a great, great deal in this country's rebuilding peace, democracy -- strong steps towards the future -- to your support, to your leadership, to the American people," Karzai said.