President Obama and President Karzai signed the "Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United States of America" on May 1, 2012.
The White House stated in a fact sheet that "the Agreement signed today affirms that cooperation between Afghanistan and the United States is based on mutual respect and shared interests. In this Agreement, we commit ourselves to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan. The Agreement is not only a signal of the United States' long-term commitment to Afghanistan, but it enshrines our commitments to one another and a common vision for our relationship and Afghanistan's future. U.S. commitments to support Afghanistan's social and economic development, security, institutions and regional cooperation are matched by Afghan commitments to strengthen accountability, transparency, oversight, and to protect the human rights of all Afghans – men and women".
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