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President promotes a better Afghanistan to Union
9:30am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
Hamid Karzai, centre, with his entourage before making a speech at the Oxford Union Pictures: OX62793 Greg Blatchford
Afghanistan’s president visited Oxford last night as part of his five-day trip to the UK.
Hamid Karzai made a speech at the Oxford University student debating society, the Oxford Union, in Frewin Court.
During the speech, he reportedly told students: “Afghanistan is now a country for all Afghans.”
He took over the country after the Taliban was ousted by Western forces in the wake of 9/11.
Mr Karzai previously visited Oxford in 2003 and delivered a lecture at St Antony’s College about a post-conflict strategy in Afghanistan.
He is currently in his final five-year term in office after winning his second election in 2009.
The UK currently has around 6,000 troops in the country and is due to pull out with all other NATO forces by the end of 2014.
After first being deployed in October 2001, 445 service personnel have since been killed in the conflict.