Afghan Pres: Women's Rights Will Not Be Sacrificed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's president has assured the country's women that their rights will not be sacrificed in any peace deal with the Taliban.

President Hamid Karzai says in an interview aired Sunday on ABC News' "This Week with Christiane Amanpour" that he is reaching out to Taliban members willing to break with al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

But he says Afghan women will have "solid and meaningful" representation in any formal talks so their political, social and economic gains will not only be protected but expanded.

Karzai says he is also committed to combatting corruption which is undermining support for his U.S.-backed government.

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