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Karzai Says He Wanted To 'Correct,' Not Damage Relations

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he wanted to "correct" rather than damage U.S.-Afghan relations after making a series of inflammatory remarks.

On March 10, Karzai accused Washington of colluding with the Taliban to keep the country unstable and give foreign forces an excuse to stay beyond 2014.

A statement from Karzai's office said, "The president called the United States a friend and strategic partner of Afghanistan and said his recent comments...had been to correct rather than damage this relationship."

Karzai added that both countries were in a "critical stage of relations, therefore it is natural that each side tries to stand for and focus on its national interests."

This latest development comes after the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan warned his troops that Karzai's comments could lead to increased violence against them.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP