May 21, 2012
Looking to a day when “the Afghan war as we understand it is over,” President Barack Obama met Sunday with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to discuss NATO’s withdrawal from that strife-torn country by the end of 2014.
Obama, who has put the draw-down of combat troops at the heart of his foreign policy, declared that “the world is behind the strategy” of giving Afghans control over their own security, but stressed that “now it’s our task to implement if effectively.”
Karzai, who aims to secure billions of dollars in long-term aid for his country’s military and economy, said he looked forward to a day when “Afghanistan is no longer a burden on the shoulders of of our friends in the international community, on the shoulders of the United States and our other allies.”
“I’m bringing to you and to the people of the United States the gratitude of the Afghan people for the support that your taxpayers’ money has provided Afghanistan over the past decade and for the difference that it has made to the well-being of the Afghan people,” he told Obama.
This article was posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 at 3:01 am