President Hamid Karzai has said he hopes the transition out of war in Afghanistan will mean his country is "no longer a burden" on the international community.

After talks with US President Barack Obama at a Nato summit in Chicago, Mr Karzai said Afghanistan is "looking forward to an end to this war".

Nato is planning to handover to Afghan security forces the lead in operations against the Taliban in 2013, before a complete departure of combat forces in 2014.

Mr Karzai said it was important to complete the security transition and withdrawal of foreign combat troops so Afghanistan will be "no longer a burden on the shoulders of our friends in the international community, on the shoulders of the United States and our other allies".

Mr Obama said the world was behind Mr Karzai's strategy, adding that Afghans "desperately want peace and security", but warned there would be days of "hardship" ahead.

Barack Obama shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai at the Nato summit

Despite France saying it would pull out its troops earlier than planned from Afghanistan, Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said there would be "no rush for the exits".

 He added: "We will stay committed to our operation in Afghanistan and see it through to a successful end. Our goal, our strategy, our timetable remains unchanged."