Secretary Kerry Travels to Afghanistan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 26, 2013
Secretary Kerry Meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul at the Presidential Palace

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.

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DonaldM
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Virginia, USA
April 2, 2013

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

Ever since the Russians tried invading Afghanistan, United States has placed a duty and responsibility to protect this country. I believe its about time the Afghan people take care of their own country. The amount of tax dollars spent on this rock is crazy. It's a losing battle because Pakistan continues to train Taliban members. Until Pakistan ends training and supporting terrorist in the tribal areas its like fighting against the currents. We have bigger concerns with North Korea/China and Iran to worry about. Its time our troops return home safe. The real question is, did the United States get what it paid for in Afghanistan? I seriously doubt it, other than the loss of American lives for a country that needs to function on its own. I think we all know by now the real reason the United States has an interest in Afghanistan, with the herion market and weapons being sold. In closing, has it really been worth the loss of American lives? I don't think so...What should happen is our troops come home.

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