The Presidential Planner

By Jonathan Blakely

May 12, 2010 7:30am

From Sunlen Miller President Obama today will have a full days worth of meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his delegation at the White House. The president's day will start with  a bilateral meeting with the  Afghan President in the Oval Office. After their meeting the two leaders  will hold a joint press conference with President Karzai in the East Room of the White House. In the afternoon, the meetings continue, and the president and President Karzai will have lunch along with several members of the U.S. national security team and their Afghan counterparts in the Cabinet Room. ABC's Karen Travers and Kirit Radia report that Karzai arrived in Washington on Monday for a four-day visit that includes a full agenda of meetings between U.S. and Afghan military, diplomatic and legislative officials, all aimed at ratcheting down tensions between the two governments.‬ ‪Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the first step Tuesday morning as she welcomed Karzai to day-long meetings at the State Department, speaking of “trust” between the two sides and a US civilian commitment that will endure after the military leaves.‬ “This partnership is a long-term commitment by the American people to the Afghan people,” she said.‬ ‪Karzai responded in kind, reversing the inflammatory rhetoric that nearly cost him the meeting with Obama in recent weeks, thanking the Americans for the blood and treasure they have spent to help Afghanistan. -Sunlen Miller

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