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About 23 thousand U.S. troops leave Afghanistan in the summer of 2012

2012-01-25 12:12

About 23 thousand U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of the summer of 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama said, according to RIA Novosti.

"Ten thousand of our soldiers have already returned home. Another 23 000 troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of summer. Handover of power to Afghan forces will continue and we will develop partnership with this country that will never be the base for attacks on America", Obama said, speaking in Capitol at the annual address to Congress.

Recall, January 30, at a meeting in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama and Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili will discuss political reforms in Georgia, the U.S. ambassador in Tbilisi John Bass said, the Interfax reported.

"I think this meeting will be a good opportunity to deepen the relations between the two presidents. Moreover, they have not met for several months", Bass said. "I am sure that their meeting will be very productive", he added.

January 18, the diplomat informed the journalists that at the meeting, two presidents will discuss "issues of common security which concern both countries".

"They will also discuss the reforms in Georgia, which aim to ensure that the citizens of Georgia had the opportunity to elect their own government, to achieve greater economic success and to elect their leader next year. This meeting coincides with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of interstate Georgian-US relations", the Ambassador said.

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