German FM meets Karzai ahead of conference

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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was in Kabul Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai before a key international conference in Bonn on Afghanistan’s future, the Afghan foreign ministry said. The Bonn conference on December 5 will discuss Afghanistan’s future beyond 2014, when NATO-led international combat troops will leave, and comes ten years after a previous landmark meeting on Afghanistan in the German city. Westerwelle and Karzai plus Afghan foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul were meeting to “discuss the outline of Afghanistan’s expectations in Bonn”, foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai told AFP. He added that Afghanistan had already presented Germany with a document outlining how it sees its “long-term partnership with the international community and their mutual obligations”. The two sides were also discussing German preparations for the Bonn conference, Mosazai said. More than 90 delegations from around the world are expected to gather in Bonn next month.