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* Afghan President postpones his visit to Sri Lanka over troops' deaths
Sun, Feb 23, 2014, 07:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 23, Colombo: President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai who was expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on Sunday has postponed his scheduled three-day official visit due to the recent attack on Afghan troops in Kunar Province.

Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry said in a statement today that President Karzai's State visit from 23rd to 25th February 2014 has been postponed due to an unforeseen security situation that has arisen in the Kunar province, requiring his presence in Afghanistan at this time.

According to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, last night's attack on two Afghan National Army posts on Ghaziabad highway in Kunar province killed 19 soldiers while 6 others have gone missing.

President Karzai condemned the terrorist attack in the strongest possible terms and praised the brave soldiers who lost their lives defending and protecting their country's national honors.

"Deeply saddened by the tragedy, President Karzai has postponed his official trip planned to take place today to Sri Lanka," the President's office said in a statement.

During his visit to Sri Lanka, President Karzai was expected to declare open an Afghan embassy in Colombo.

The External Affairs Ministry said the Government of Afghanistan has indicated that the visit will be re-scheduled to a mutually convenient date in the near future.

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