Kerry, Karzai Display Unity; Karzai Says He Was Misinterpreted

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
FILE � This Sept. 27, 2010, file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, shows a U.S. military guard walking a corridor between detainee cells at the Parwan detention facility near Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Saturday, March 23, 2013, the Pentagon said the U.S. has reached an agreement with the Afghanistan government to transfer the facility to Afghan control. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Saturday as officials finalized the agreement after days of intense negotiations. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

FILE � This Sept. 27, 2010, file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, shows a U.S. military guard walking a corridor between detainee cells at the Parwan detention facility near Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Saturday, March 23, 2013, the Pentagon said the U.S. has reached an agreement with the Afghanistan government to transfer the facility to Afghan control. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Saturday as officials finalized the agreement after days of intense negotiations. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

KABUL (AP) -- On a day when the U.S. gave up control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are making a show of unity.
Kerry, in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit, said he and Karzai are "on the same page" when it comes to peace talks with the Taliban. And he praised what he said was Afghanistan's commitment to "safe, secure" and transparent elections, scheduled for April 2014.
Karzai, meanwhile, says his recent comments that made officials in Washington so angry had been misinterpreted by the media.
Karzai had accused Washington of colluding with Taliban insurgents to keep Afghanistan weak, even as the Obama administration moved ahead with plans to hand off security responsibility to Afghan forces.
After meeting with Kerry, Karzai also defended allegations he has made about American troops abusing Afghan civilians, saying the comments weren't meant to "offend" anyone, but simply to protect his people.


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