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KABUL -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has talked further with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a day after they put on a show of unity as they tried to end recent bickering over anti-American comments made by the Afghan leader.

Kerry was also holding a series of meetings at the American Embassy in Kabul before wrapping up his short visit.

He will meet participants in a U.S.-backed women's entrepreneurship program as well as civic leaders playing a role in preparing for Afghanistan's 2014 elections.

Kerry leaves the country later Tuesday.

On Monday, Kerry said he had asked Karzai about the comments and was very satisfied with the president's explanation. He said the two countries were on the same page as international forces prepare to end combat operations in 2014.

By MATTHEW LEE
Associated Press