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Brookings: Governance, Growth and Development in Afghanistan

May 5, 2009

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President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan speaks at the Brookings Institution on the Obama administration's Af-Pak strategy, Afghanistan's relationship with Pakistan, and his prospects in the August presidential elections.

Excerpt: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm very, very happy to be at the Brookings Institute. Thank you for giving me this honor of my presence before you today in a very important time for Afghanistan and for a partner of the United States of America in Afghanistan. We are not only going to elections in 3 months' time, we are also going to the next step in Afghanistan toward stability, toward institutionalizing our democratic gains, and towards a firmer, stronger partnership with the international community, in particular with the United States.

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