On March 25-26, 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other officials to discuss a number of issues of mutual interest.
“Today, Afghanistan is managing three very significant transitions: a security transition, a political transition, and an economic transition,” Secretary Kerry remarked in a joint press availability with President Karzai. “And America will continue to support the Afghan people through all three of these transitions just as we agreed to do in the strategic partnership agreement and in the bilateral security agreement that we are currently negotiating. We also support the Afghan-led peace process, the reconciliation--recognizing that the reconciliation is the best way to try to provide the surest end to violence and to secure a unified and a sovereign Afghanistan.”
While in Kabul, Secretary Kerry also met with women entrepreneurs and toured a showcase of local businesses. Along with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham and Senior Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan David Pierce, Secretary Kerry participated in a roundtable discussion with Afghan stakeholders ahead of the elections scheduled for next year. You can view photographs of the Secretary's visit to Afghanistan on Flickr, and read more about his travel on www.state.gov.