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On May 13, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces in the Jalalabad area, including its commander, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.
Later, he met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, and Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang in Kabul. Both delegations welcomed the progress of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) that "is enabling the Afghan Forces to take the lead in security in over 90 percent of the country."
Mr. Karzai described as good the strengthening and equipping of Afghan security forces (ANSF) including the air force for its country, terming it "important" for further consolidating the bilateral relations and signing of the security agreement. Mr. Carter stressed his country or other NATO partners would participate in training new young professional pilots for the Afghan air force.
To sum up, the Pentagon official reiterated the strong US partnership with Afghanistan and emphasized the continued US commitment to support the Afghan forces into the future.
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