Situation in Afghanistan calmer, Karzai tells Obama
Afghan President Hamad Karzai and US President Barack Obama on Thursday discussed the security situation in Afghanistan which the White House said has "calmed" since the eruption of violence over the Koran burning incident, dpa reported.
In a video conference, the leaders also talked about US-Afghan strategic partnership negotiations, Afghan-led reconciliation talks with Taliban and regional matters, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
"The leaders noted progress toward concluding a strategic partnership that reinforces Afghan sovereignty while addressing the practical requirements of transition," Carney said, but provided no further details on the talks.
They will continue to discuss the transition of security operations to the Afghan government ahead of the May NATO summit in Chicago.
The apparently inadvertent burning of the Korans at a military facility by US troops last month inflamed tensions between Afghan and foreign troops. Riots left dozens of people dead and US soldiers were killed inside an Afghan ministry building