[Updated at 12:04 p.m.] Afghan President Hamid Karzai thanked U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday for adding "considerable resources" to the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
Speaking after a meeting at the White House, Karzai said the two leaders had "a very frank and productive" discussion about, among other things, the protection of Afghan civilians in light of the stronger U.S. military campaign.
He also said the transfer of local detention centers to the Afghan government was a "major point of progress" in the discussions.
[Posted at 11:51 p.m.] President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States is committed to a "stable, strong, and prosperous" Afghanistan. He said there is "no denying the progress that the Afghan people have made in recent years," but also said the country still faces major challenges, including "a brutal insurgency."
The U.S. and Afghan governments have reaffirmed their intention to "disrupt, dismantle, and defeat" al Qaeda and its allies, the president said, and noted that U.S. military forces have regained the momentum in Afghanistan.
Obama made his remarks while meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House, one day after the Afghan leader met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as part of a series of high-level discussions regarding the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.