WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai on Monday to discuss obstacles to completing an agreement on a prisoner transfer at the Bagram jail, the Pentagon said.

"The Secretary and President Karzai did have a phone call earlier today and expressed a shared commitment to implement the terms of the memorandum of understanding on detention operations in Afghanistan," Pentagon spokesman George Little said, describing the call as "cordial."

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Little, without detailing any obstacles to implementing the terms of the agreement, added that the Pentagon was optimistic "that we're going to reach resolution very quickly."
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