Afghan president begins landmark visit to Turkey

January 4, 2006 19:48


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Afghan President Hamid Karzai began a landmark visit to Turkey on Wednesday, the first by an Afghan head of state in 48 years, to boost historic ties with one of his impoverished country's biggest private investors. Washington sees predominantly Muslim but secular Turkey as a role model for Afghanistan. Turkey has led the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, supporting Washington's position that the war against terror is not between Islam and the West. Karzai is the first Afghan head of state to visit Turkey since former Afghan King Zahir Shah in 1957. Karzai briefly visited Turkey in 2002 as interim leader of the Afghan government. He has no scheduled talks on Wednesday.

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