Afghan Gov't Seeks to Ease Tension with U.S.

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The Afghan government tried, Wednesday, to cool tensions with the United States following reports that President Hamid Karzai was upset over reform efforts.

The White House refused to call Karzai an ally after he blamed foreign powers, last week, for the country's election fraud.

Then came word of threats that the Afghan leader would join the Taliban opposition if the U.S. and its allies didn't stop pressuring him about corruption.

Several members of parliament said they witnessed the comments from Karzai, Saturday, but the government maintains the reports are mere propaganda from political opponents.

Karzai's spokesman Waheed Omar assured the Afghan leadership is committed to fighting terror and the Taliban.

"The government of Afghanistan, of which President Karzai is the democratically elected president, has (been) fighting terror against those who put the lives of Afghan people in danger as priority number one," he said. "And in that context, that comment, whoever has come up with that comment, does not make sense."

Meanwhile, Afghanistan also announced Wednesday that its chief election official has resigned.

The U.S. had been pressing for election reform before the country's parliamentary elections in September.

Karzai is set to visit Washington in May, however the White House says that invitation may be revoked.

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