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Afghan President, Hamid Karzai visits Finland and admits he received money from CIA

Monday, 29 April 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who on Monday arrived in Finland for an official visit, admits that his government has received money from the CIA. Although the main core of his visit was to cement economic co-operation with Finland, Mr Karzai was quizzed about the allegation which was determined to have the handiwork of corruption.

During the visit in which the Finland promised to continue Finnish development aid for Afghanistan past 2014, the agreement concretising that was reached and signed during the working visit to Helsinki and who was received by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

Mr Karzai admitted that he received money from the CIA, money which was  reported by the New York Times last weekend  and dubbed as bribe which was also accounted to be tens of millions of dollars in cash.. He claimed the money had been used to cover various governmental expenses.

"(It) has been used for various purposes, operational purposes, of filing assistance to the wounded, to the sick, to certain rents for houses, and to all other purposes," explained Karzai. (Image from Yle Finland)

But according to the newspaper's CIA sources, the purpose of bribing the Karzai's team was to buy themselves direct access to Karzai and his inner circle.

The Finnish broadcaster Yle report that Karzai was then quizzed about his willingness to engage the Taliban in politics. He said that their participation in the democratic process would not be a threat to reform measures implemented during his time in office.

"The Afghan people will not allow the progress that we have made in the past 10 years to be reversed,” claimed Karzai. ”We will not allow our schools to be closed, we will not allow our girls not to go to school, we will not allow our women not to participate in the economy, society and in politics," he said to Yle.
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