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Clinton arrives for Afghan talks

Source PA News

Updated on 27 January 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in London to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a crucial conference on the future of Afghanistan.

The one-day meeting is intended to draw up a blueprint for Afghan forces to gradually take over responsibility for growing areas of their country, paving the way for the eventual withdrawal of international troops.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is co-hosting the conference with Mr Karzai and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said that at least five Afghan provinces - and some districts of the lawless Helmand region - could be handed back to home-grown authorities by the end of this year.

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