Obama, Karzai discuss security handover

Preesident Barack Obama has spoken by phone with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and discussed progress toward handing over security operations to Afghan forces, reports AP

The White House said the two leaders on Tuesday also discussed preparations for next year's Afghan elections, plus Karzai's recent meeting with the emir of Qatar. That meeting focused on the possible opening of a Taliban office in Qatar.

The White House said Karzai also welcomed the U.S. handover of the Parwan detention facility last month. Karzai had demanded control as a matter of national sovereignty.