She said after meeting with Mr. Karzai that Afghanistan “can no longer be a safe haven” for al-Qaida and international terrorists that threaten the United States, the region and the world.
Clinton said the new status is a “powerful symbol” of Washington's commitment to Afghanistan's future, adding that the U.S. will not abandon Afghanistan. Among other countries the U.S. has declared major non-NATO allies are Egypt, Israel, Japan and Pakistan.
From Kabul, Clinton heads to Japan for an international conference on Afghan civilian assistance. Donors are expected to pledge $4 billion a year in long-term civilian support.
She made the previously unannounced stop in Kabul Saturday after leaving Paris where she attended a multi-nation conference on Syria. VoA.