Kerry makes unannounced Afghanistan visit
John Kerry, then a U.S. senator, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul in October 2009.
March 25th, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Kerry makes unannounced Afghanistan visit

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a previously unannounced stop in Afghanistan for a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday, the day that a U.S.-run prison that bred tension between the nations was handed over to the Afghans.

Kerry landed in Kabul on Monday afternoon and was expected to meet with Karzai at the presidential palace later in the day.

Kerry's visit comes on the day that the United States handed over control of a U.S.-run prison near Bagram Air Base to Afghan authorities. The detention facility was a sticking point between U.S. and Afghan officials.

The visit also comes amid other tensions between Karzai and the NATO-led coalition forces that escalated after a bomb blast in Kabul this month that killed nine people. Karzai said afterward that there are "ongoing daily talks between the Taliban, Americans and foreigners in Europe and in the Gulf states."

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  1. Shiela

    For the love of Pete! Five hundred million in aid to Palistine? We are trying to cut corners here in our own country and this is what we do? Just madness

    March 25, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Exactly @ sheila! We need to stop ALL foreign aid NOW!

    March 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    We provided $30 billion to Israel over the past 10 years in announced aid only another billion plus is in the pipeline. Secret funding remains secret.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    I wonder @chrissy where are these protesting voices of tax payers on this dole out?

    March 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    let us see if our troll @John or whatever gets to have his day again courtesy CNN?

    March 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Let the Arabs come to financial aid for Palestine, US obligation is to act as an honest broker to get the peace process going.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    aid to Israel in 2012 was 3 billion and beginning 2013 $3.15 billion per year.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    As for this Pal aid, it is nothing new it is what had been blocked by Congress because palestinians had decided to go to the UN for their rights.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Now Israel has removed its objection to this aid to Palestine as Pr.Obama did not press them on freeze in expansion of settlements & peace process during his visit.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    As for Kerry's visit to Afghanistan, i have doubts whether there will be any change in the reality on the ground.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |