May 13th, 2010
02:05 AM ET

Clinton, Karzai to speak at peace institute

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will speak at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Thursday during what has become a week of playing down tensions between Washington and Kabul.

Earlier in the day, Karzai will travel to Arlington National Cemetery with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to visit the graves of Americans killed while fighting in Iraq and

Karzai expressed thanks this week to the American people for the sacrifices they have made in his country.  He has said Afghanistan will remain a dependable partner with the United States and its allies in the global war on terrorism.

The two governments have been using this week to portray their sometimes tempestuous relationship as a largely friendly one, paving the way for greater progress in the war against the Taliban and other extremists.

After meeting with Karzai on Tuesday, Clinton conceded that "we will have disagreements time to time, but that is a sign of a mature relationship and a steady relationship."

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  1. Justin

    My brothers graves are now part of a political ploy, why do we disgrace them with this visit from a man who doesn't really care about them? Can't we let them rest in peace? Instead we have a war lord "paying them respects." What blasphemy.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. mohsen

    I have the greatest respect and upmost love to the families and loved ones of those young worriors that have lost their priceless lives during these two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, what i don't respect is the relationship of the Uinted States and Afghanistan. It hurts to know that we put from petty thieves to bank robbers to jail, but we still hand billions of our hard wroking Americans who can barely affort to put food on the table and pay rent to the world's most corrupt government. From karzi to the ganitors are all thieves and robbers. Afghan government members bank accounts are full of million and billions of dollar, while every projects in the country is behaind or never get started. I guess i should not be put to jail or get fined if i steal a gallon of milk.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. U-S-A

    its not an attack against mexicans!arizona, california, texas-they cannot help it if geographically, mexico is their neighbors!this is not a violation against anybodys rights.this is nothing new!the only difference is Arizona is enforcing the law that our governement refuses to do!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |