Earlier today, the President held a video conference with President Karzai of Afghanistan, as a part of their regular consultations. President Karzai updated the President on the security situation in Afghanistan, which has calmed since the events of recent weeks. The two Presidents discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, including U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership negotiations, Afghan-led reconciliation, and regional matters. The leaders noted progress toward concluding a Strategic Partnership that reinforces Afghan sovereignty while addressing the practical requirements of transition. President Karzai updated the President on developments toward Afghan-led reconciliation talks. Finally, the President and President Karzai agreed that it is in both our interests to continue a partnership that is based on mutual respect, and agreed to stay in close touch in the lead up to the NATO Summit in Chicago.