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Obama, Ahmadzai hold video conference

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Ghani-Abdullah--ObamaUS President Barack Obama spoke with his Afghan counterpart Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai over the telephone on Wednesday.


Also present during the video conference between the two leaders was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.
A brief statement from the Presidential Palace announced the contact but gave no details of the issues the presidents discussed.
Menwhile the white house says President, Barack Obama,  during this call with his Afghan counterpart, Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai, and the CEO Dr Abdullah Abdullah, inviting them to the White House early next year.
This was Obama’s first video conference call with Ahmedzai and Dr Abdullah after peaceful transfer of power.
During the call Obama commended the President and Dr. Abdullah on their political agreement, reaffirmed US commitment to support the unity government, and congratulated the two leaders for a productive first month for the new government, the White House said.
“The Presidents discussed strengthening the Afghan National Security Forces to improve the security situation in Afghanistan, American and regional support for an Afghan-led peace process, and near-term Afghan budgetary reform and longer-term fiscal sustainability,” the White House said.
“The President also reiterated his offer for President Ghani and CEO Abdullah to visit the White House early in the New Year,” the White House said.
 Obama had sent a designation to attend the Inauguration of Ahmadzai as president on September 29. John David Podesta, counselor to Obama, led the team.
During the election crisis, Obama had phoned Ahmadzai and Abdullah, calling for an early deal on the national unity government in the interest of shoring up international support for Afghanistan. 
Following the unity government’s inauguration, the Obama administration has reaffirmed on several occasions America’s commitment to supporting Afghanistan.
Just a day after Ahmadzai took oath as president, the two countries signed the Bilateral Security Agreement, providing for the continued stay of a residual US force in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Since Taliban's ouster from power, the US military has lost at least 2,207 personnel in Afghanistan.