April 7th, 2010
07:23 PM ET

U.S., Afghanistan downplay political rift

The Afghan and U.S. governments played down their political differences Wednesday, rejecting reports of a major dispute between the Obama administration and President Hamid Karzai.

Supportive statements by the U.S. State Department and Karzai's spokesman followed a week of increasing tension between the governments. On Tuesday, the White House indicated it could call off a scheduled May 12 visit by Karzai to Washington.

The tone was different Wednesday, with State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley calling Karzai an ally in a shared struggle.

"We're committed to this partnership," Crowley said, adding: "We share President Karzai's desire to lead Afghanistan to greater sovereignty, and we support the goals he has laid out from his inauguration speech until today."

Karzai was re-elected president last year in voting marred by irregularities that required a runoff. Since then, the Obama administration has publicly pressured Karzai to eliminate corruption in his government and improve
delivery of services to his people.

Read the full story at CNN.com's Afghanistan Crossroads blog

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  1. taft

    How can one nation who does not police its own agencies for corruption pretend to enforce anti-corrution onto another country.

    The FBI and DEA have a long history of corruption in the US, stealing from suspects, killing witnesses, fabricating evidence,etc...

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