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John Kerry arrives in Afghanistan on unannounced visit
Kabul, March 25, 2013
First Published: 16:49 IST(25/3/2013)
Last Updated: 16:55 IST(25/3/2013)

U.S. secretary of state John Kerry has flown into Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to see President Hamid Karzai amid concerns the Afghan president may be jeopardizing progress in the war against extremism with anti-American rhetoric.

Kerry arrived in the Afghan capital on Monday for a 24-hour visit and was to meet Karzai, civic leaders and others to discuss continued U.S. assistance to the country.

"He will make clear that the US will have an enduring commitment in Afghanistan that will last beyond transition and that there were always be bumps on the road," a US official travelling with Kerry told reporters.

His visit coincides with the handover of a major detention center to Afghan officials.

It also comes as Karzai has infuriated U.S. officials by accusing Washington of colluding with Taliban insurgents to keep Afghanistan weak even as the Obama administration presses ahead with plans to hand off security responsibility to Afghan forces and end NATO's combat mission by the end of next year.

With AFP inputs

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