Clinton seeks "reality check" on Afghan visit

By REUTERS
October 20, 2011 08:45

 
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KABUL - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she was looking for a "reality check" on her visit to Afghanistan, but said she had seen progress, and remained hopeful about the prospects for a peaceful and stable future.

"I'm here to have a reality check," Clinton said at a meeting at the US embassy in Kabul with a group of Afghan activists from women's groups, political parties and media organizations.

"The changes that I have seen in Afghanistan are very encouraging but they must be made permanent and that can only happen if there is a consensus within the country about what kind of future you are seeking."

Clinton's arrival on Wednesday on an unannounced visit to Kabul followed several high-profile attacks in the Afghan capital, including an assault on the U.S. embassy in September and days later the assassination of President Hamid Karzai's top peace envoy, former president Burhanuddin Rabbani.

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