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Afghanistan Leader Meets With U.S. Lawmakers

Afghan Leader Meets With U.S. Senators In Washington
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President Hamid Karzai has met U.S. lawmakers in Washington to discuss future U.S. involvement in Afghanistan -- including how many U.S. troops will remain there after 2014.

Karzai held private talks on January 9 with Senate Republican Party leader Mitch McConnell and members of the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees.

Karzai is scheduled to hold talks with President Barack Obama on January 11.

U.S. deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said no decision on troop levels was expected at the meeting.

Rhodes added that it could not be excluded that Washington could decide not to keep any troops in Afghanistan.

The United States and its allies have already agreed to withdraw all their combat troops by the end of 2014. But some U.S. troops could remain to train Afghan soldiers and help with security.

There are currently around 100,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, including about 65,000 from the United States.

Based on reporting from AP and AFP