Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed his gratitude to the 10 New Zealand soldiers who have died in Afghanistan. New Zealand's Governor-General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman were among a group of dignitaries who met Mr Karzai in Kabul overnight. Sir Jerry said Mr Karzai spoke at length of New Zealand's contribution and was eager to reinforce that the Afghan people knew what New Zealand's troops had done over the past decade.