February 18, 2009 / 5:18 PM / 11 years ago

Karzai says tension with United States ended

File photo of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai at Camp David in Maryland, August 6, 2007. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

MAHTER LAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday that tension with the United States over civilian casualties was over.

“The tension was over civilian casualties and uncoordinated operations by foreign troops. From now on, no foreign troop operations will be uncoordinated with Afghan forces,” he said during a speech in Mahter Lam, east of Kabul. “The tension the Afghan government had with the U.S. government is now over.”

Karzai spoke by phone with President Barack Obama after Obama announced on Tuesday that he planned to send an additional 17,000 U.S. troops to the region.

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