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President Karzai Meets With General McColl, Prime Minister Blair’s Special Envoy

Office of the Spokesman to the President

Presidential Palace, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, met this evening at the Presidential Palace with General John McColl, the recently appointed Special Envoy of British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Afghanistan.

In the meeting, General McColl explained that Prime Minister Blair had appointed him as a Special Envoy to Afghanistan to better coordinate the contributions by the United Kingdom to Afghanistan in various fields, ensuring that U.K.’s contribution is spent in a positive and effective manner. The Special Envoy will also work to promote better and long-term relations between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.

In his role as Prime Minister Blair’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan, General McColl will visit Afghanistan frequently and spend time visiting provinces and discussing mutually important issues. General McColl said that the United Kingdom will also use its role within the European Union and as Chair of the G8 countries to advocate for more and better international assistance to Afghanistan.

The President and General McColl also discussed counter-narcotics and the progress that Afghanistan has made in the war against terrorism.

The President welcomed General McColl as the Special Envoy of British Prime Minister Blair to Afghanistan and hoped that his appointment will further strengthen the U.K.-Afghanistan relations and U.K.‘s excellent contribution towards Afghanistan’s reconstruction.

Released by the Office of the Spokesman to the President
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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

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