President Karzai meets Obama in Washington on Friday
By Sajad - Tue Jan 08 2013, 10:41 am
The White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement, “Obama looks forward to welcoming the Afghan delegation to Washington, and discussing our continued transition in Afghanistan, and our shared vision of an enduring partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.”
The US President will host Karzai and his delegation at the White House for bilateral meetings on Friday, January 11, Carney said in a statement.
The Afghan leader has expressed support for keeping US troops in Afghanistan, but sensitive details — including immunity for American soldiers and the transfer of detainees into Afghan custody — are still under negotiation.
Karzai’s relationship with Washington has been troubled in recent years and fears remain that attention for Afghanistan, heavily dependent on international aid, could plummet after 2014, plunging it back into political turmoil.
The White House says Obama and Karzai will discuss the next phase of the US transition out of Afghanistan.
Obama is expected soon to decide what the US role in Afghanistan will be after 2014. Obama faces pressure from Democrats and even some Republicans to wind down the war more quickly, while the military wants to avoid a too-fast pull-out that might squander hard-won gains.
Karzai is also expected to visit the Walter Reed Hospital to meet the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief, Asadullah Khalid, who is currently receiving treatment after he was suffering injuries from a Taliban suicide attack on December 6.