Senior US senators visits Afghanistan and Pakistan
By Sadaf Shinwari - Sat Jan 05 2013, 3:13 pm
Carl Levin, who chairs the powerful Armed Services Committee and Senator Jack Reed, who is a senior member of Armed Services Committee will visit Afghanistan and Pakistan in the near futrue, according to a statement by their office.
The source did not disclose further information regarding the exact time frame of the visit however it added that the two senators will visit the two nations to to look at security and political developments in the region.
During the trip, the Senators will meet with high-ranking foreign leaders, diplomats, and American military commanders, civilian personnel, the statement added.
In the meantime reports suggest that Sen. Jack Reed has already left Washington in secret on Thursday for an official visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Among those Reed plans to meet with are Gen. John Allen, the commander of NATO forces in Afghansitan, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is up for re-election in 2014.
This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karzai is scheduled to come to Washington over the weekend for further talks. “He’ll leave Sunday and come here, so we will have a chance to speak with him before he comes to the U.S. to meet with President Obama,” Reed quoted by a local media said.
General Allen has submitted recommendations that are being reviewed about who will remain in Afghanistan to support that nation’s military after most Americans leave. “It’s clear that by 2014 the bulk of our forces, except for some trainers and some logisticians and maybe some special-operations forces, will be out,” Reed said.