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Telephone Conversation between President Karzai and President Bush
Released by the Office of the Spokesman to the President


Arg, Presidential Compound, Kabul ? H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, today thanked the Prime Minister and the people of Australia for the deployment of Australian troops to Afghanistan.

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Howard, the President extended his gratitude to the Prime Minister and the people of Australia for deciding to deploy Australian troops to Afghanistan.

"The people of Afghanistan are eagerly looking forward to participating in our parliamentary elections in September, and establishing parliament as the third pillar of the Afghan State."

?We greatly value the commitment of the Australian people who are offering to send their sons and daughters to Afghanistan. These service men and women will play an important role in ensuring security for our parliamentary elections and enabling Afghanistan to rebuild our lives after decades of war and destruction,? the President said in the letter.


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