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U.S. attorney general in Afghanistan for meetings

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Holder in Afghanistan to foster its justice system, U.S. Justice Department says
  • Holder calls fighting corruption and supporting rule of law there "top priorities"
  • Meetings are first for a U.S. attorney general, U.S. Justice Department says
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  • Afghanistan War
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  • The Taliban

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Afghanistan Wednesday for meetings with U.S. and Afghan officials, the Department of Justice said.

Holder is in Afghanistan to foster the development of the nation's justice system, a statement from the department said.

"Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this Administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled," Holder said.

The meetings in Afghanistan are the first for a U.S. attorney general, according to the department.