Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed a high-level delegation from Afghanistan to the State Department. She said the ...
goal of the meetings was to negotiate a new security agreement on the future US-Afghanistan relationship. (Oct. 3)
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SHOTLIST:POOL - NO RESTRICTIONSWashington - 10/3/12SOUNDBITE: Hillary Clinton/Secretary of Statejust a short time ago we reached a grim milestone. 2000 us troops killed in afghanistan. The american people have invested a great deal in afghanistan's future and even though our role in afghanistan is changing, this partnership will continue. So here today we will discuss specific steps that we can take together to implement the strategic partnership agreement. I am eager to hear the ideas and specific recommendations for how we can make swift, concrete and measurable progress. One of the things we will talk about today is our plan to begin negotiation the next piece of our bilateral partnership. The bilateral security agreement which will establish the framework of our future security relationship based on our shared vision of a secure and stable afghanistan. I am pleased to announced that deputy special representative for afghanistan and pakistan ambassador james warlick will lead the negotiations for the united states. (****END****)