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Putin promises aid to Afghanistan

ALMATY, June 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will continue helping Afghanistan's development and recovery, President Vladimir Putin said.

Putin told his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, that he "was following the developments in his country and saw how difficult it was to resolve problems."

Karzai highlighted the development of cooperation with Russia, adding that his country's strengthening "met the interests of Russia and the world."

He said he hoped Russia "would be playing a more important role in Afghanistan's development and restoration and investment in its economy."

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