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STORY: Arriving in Kabul on Wednesday night, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker and is greeted by Afghan chief of protocol Hamid Saddiq and U.S. Lt. General Curtis Scaparotti.
Clinton will discuss possible peace talks and the handover of security to Afghan forces when she meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other key leaders in Kabul on Thursday.
Her arrival on Wednesday follows several high profile attacks in the Afghan capital, including an assault on the U.S. embassy in September and days later the assassination of Karzai's top peace envoy, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Efforts to reach a political solution to a conflict now over a decade old will be on her agenda, along with support for Afghans as foreign forces hand over security control of parts of the country and start heading home, the official said.
Clinton will meet Karzai and Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Thursday, U.S. officials said, and hold a round-table meeting with non-government leaders and civil society activists.
She is expected to discuss U.S. strategic relations with Afghanistan and ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as preview plans for conferences on the future of Afghanistan due to be held in Istanbul in November and Bonn in December.