U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Discussions

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 8, 2011

Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman and Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan Doug Lute will host Afghan National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta and a senior Afghan delegation for discussions on the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership document September 8-9 in Washington, D.C. Secretary Clinton will meet Dr. Spanta on September 8.

A new Strategic Partnership is intended to provide a transparent political framework for long-term cooperation between the United States and Afghanistan. It will reaffirm our shared commitment to a stable, independent Afghanistan that is not a safe-haven for al-Qaida, as well as U.S. respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty. The United States does not seek any permanent American military bases in Afghanistan or a presence that would be a threat to any of Afghanistan’s neighbors.

The two countries will also take this opportunity to continue our ongoing dialogue on a wide range of subjects related to security, governance, economic and social development, and regional issues.

In May 2010, President Obama and President Karzai committed to updating the 2005 “Joint Declaration of the United States-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership.” We are pleased to welcome Dr. Spanta and the Afghan delegation for the continuation of those discussions.

PRN: 2011/1434