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President Karzai Briefs US Senators on Security and Inaugurates Police Center

President Hamid Karzai received a US congressional delegation including Sen. John McCain, Sen. John R. Thune, Sen. Susan M. Collins and Rep. Mark Kirk at the Gul Khana Palace on December 16.

The President discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and the region with the delegation and emphasized the need for continued U.S. assistance to the mission in Afghanistan. The President discussed Afghanistan’s national strategy in the fight against narcotics that combines eradication with development, legal reform and alternative livelihood assistance. He assured the delegation that the Afghan people were committed to working with the international community to end poppy production in Afghanistan.

In his remarks to President Karzai, Senator John McCain said, “Afghanistan will overcome its difficulties with the assistance of the international community. The US senate strongly supports your determined efforts to serve the Afghan nation.”

Representative Mark Kirk agreed, saying that while there was much debate over how to proceed in Iraq, there was no question about continuing support for the Afghan government.

President Hamid Karzai thanked US senators for the assistance of the people of the Untied States of America to the people of Afghanistan and said, “The United States of America is a good friend of the Afghan people. US senators are well aware of the situation in Afghanistan and have always lobbied to get more attention to the reconstruction and security of Afghanistan.”

President Karzai also attended the Dec. 16 opening ceremony of Afghanistan’s new $3.4 million National Police Command Center in Kabul. The facility, located in the Ministry of Interior, establishes a direct link to the five Afghan National Police Regional Command centers to improve government response to disasters or counter-insurgency operations. The Center will be staffed with security personnel trained in logistics, personnel, communications, intelligence, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, criminal investigation, and border protection. 

“Establishment of the National Police Command Center is another milestone for the Ministry of Interior,” said the President in his remarks at the ceremony.  “Thirty years of war demolished all infrastructures of our Ministries of Defense and Interior.  But with the establishment of facilities such as the Command Center, I'm confident in the Afghanistan National Police force’s ability to tackle crimes and help Afghanistan be safe again.”

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