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President Hamid Karzai to Visit North America

President Karzai will visit North America in mid September to attend a series of multilateral and bilateral meetings in the United States and Canada. The President will participate in the 61st Session of the UN General Assembly during September 19-21, and hold bilateral meetings with several heads of state to discuss issues of mutual interest. The President also plans to attend the Clinton Global Initiative conference to be held in New York to discuss poverty alleviation, combating climate change, improving governance, and use of religion as a force for reconciliation. In addition, the President intends to speak at a number of public forums in New York and Washington about Afghanistan’s achievements of the past five years, and regional security and development. The President will visit Ottawa and Quebec cities to meet with the government and people of Canada to thank them for their strong support of Afghanistan’s peacebuilding process through Canada’s robust participation in the ISAF multinational force to restore and maintain security in southern Afghanistan. The President will wind up his visit in Washington where he will meet with President George W. Bush and senior members of the Administration and Congress.

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