Washington: US President Barack Obama Thursday held a video conference with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai and discussed security issues in Afghanistan, the White House said.

White House Spokesman Jay Carney said Karzai updated Obama on the security situation in his country, as reported.

Carney said the two presidents discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, including US-Afghan Strategic Partnership negotiations and the Afghan-led reconciliation, which was "essential to the ultimate resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan".

"The leaders noted progress toward concluding a strategic partnership that reinforces Afghan sovereignty while addressing the practical requirements of transition," Carney said.