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President Karzai Congratulates New Iraqi President and Vice-Presidents
Released by the Office of the Spokesman to the President Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


Presidential Palace, Kabul- H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, congratulates H.E. Jalal Talabani, for being elected today as the President of Iraq by the newly-elected Iraqi Parliament.

In his reaction to the news, the President said: "I am pleased that Iraq is taking a further step towards a strengthened democracy. I congratulate President Talabani, and the Afghan people join me today in congratulating the Iraqi people on the election of their new President".

The President also congratulates Mr. Ghazi Al-Yawer and Mr. Adel Abdul Mahdi for being elected as the two Vice-Presidents of Iraq.

For further information, please contact:

• Khaleeq Ahmad, Tel. 00 93 70 286 853
• Anosha Ahmadi, Tel. 00 93 70 28 99 86

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