Bush, Karzai vow to rebuild Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President George W. Bush and Afghan interim leader Hamid Karzai reaffirmed Monday their commitment to work together to rebuild Afghanistan.
During a news conference at the White House Rose Garden, Bush called Karzai a "determined leader" whose government reflects the hopes of all Afghans for a new and better future.
"The United States is committed to building a lasting partnership with Afghanistan," Bush said. "We will help the new Afghan government provide the security that is the foundation of peace."
Bush said the United States will help Afghanistan train police officers and will aid in the development of an Afghan national military. He said the United States also will play a leading role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Karzai thanked Bush and the American people for their continued support.
"Afghanistan is a good partner, it will stay a good partner, and I'm sure that the future of the two countries will be good and a wonderful relationship should be expected to come in the future," Karzai said.
He assured Bush that with help from the United States and other countries, Afghanistan will grow to be a strong country.
Karzai is the first Afghan leader to go to Washington since former King Zahir Shah, whom President John F. Kennedy invited in September 1963.
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