Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.S. remains strongly committed to helping Afghanistan, despite plans to reduce troop strength.
She said the U.S. mistakenly left Afghanistan alone once before, and paid for it with the nine-11 terror attacks. Rice said that mistake will not be repeated. She made the remarks after she met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in London. They are there for a two-day donors conference that begins Tuesday.
President Karzai said he discussed security and other regional issues with Rice. More than 60 countries will take part in the two-day conference to establish a framework for Afghanistan's development, known as the Afghanistan Compact. It will replace the Bonn Agreement, which guided Afghanistan's political process after the ouster of the Taleban four years ago.