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US deplores Kandahar terror attack

The United States has deplored the terrorist attack in Kandahar and expressed confidence that such acts would not deter Afghanistan's progress.

world Updated: Aug 27, 2009 08:12 IST

The United States has deplored the terrorist attack in Kandahar and expressed confidence that such acts would not deter Afghanistan's progress.

"We deplore these acts of violence. We know that there was a great loss of life in the bombings, and our sympathies go out to the victims' families," the State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters yesterday.

"We do not think that Afghanistan will be deterred from the path that it's on towards developing into a democratic society and a prosperous economy," Kelly said.

Responding to a question, the spokesman said Afghanistan is a high priority for the Obama administration. Its aim is to help people of Afghanistan build its democratic process, and help it become an economically viable and prosperous society.

"We want to try and enable the Afghan Government to take responsibility not only for its reconstruction, but also for its own security," he said, adding "so we have a number of programs in place to help train them, to help them be able to take on a lot of these responsibilities."

About the ongoing electoral process in Afghanistan, Kelly said the US wants to "remain impartial" with regard to the candidates, including the incumbent President Hamid Karzai, who are contesting in the general elections.