The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, visited Hillary Rodham Clinton at The White House on Tuesday, May eleventh, 2010. The United States needed to meet with Afghanistan in order to state that they will remain committed to his Afghanistan’s security and reconstruction, even long after the last of their combat troops have departed. Hillary Clinton announced, “We will not abandon the Afghan people. Our civilian commitment will remain long into the future.”
This meeting is extremely important in order to improve relations between the United States and Afghanistan. These types of meetings are what could help improve the outcome of the near future. In order for the war to end, these talks are where it would start.
In order to improve United States-Afghan relations, a lot of things need to come out of these talks. First, they need to talk about where the United States stands in ending the war. Is there any possible way that we could end it? If not will they end the war? We need to agree to disagree. As well as Afghanistan, the United States also has goals to achieve. Such as, keeping the economy afloat. During the meeting at the Department of State, Hillary Clinton states that, “the ability to disagree on issues of importance to our respective countries and peoples is not an obstacle to achieving our shared objectives,” which is more than true. She also acknowledges that, “it reflects a level of trust that is essential to any meaningful dialogue and enduring strategic partnership.” Trust is important in any relationship. In order to hold any type of relationship together, trust is a key factor. Without trust, nothing lasts or can build itself.
The talk renewed some United States’ pressure on the embattled leader. This caused it to wipe out some forms of corruption. Some of this pressure is what caused the meeting to be a little strained. However, I do think that Hillary Clinton got out what she needed to say. Which was that we needed to form an alliance of trust with Afghanistan. I think she did a great job by not saying anything that shouldn’t have been said. She didn’t speak to Hamid Karzai about any problems that we are now facing with Afghanistan. However, she stated what needed to be concentrated on.
I am so glad that Hamid Karzai spoke of everything that he needed to. This helped the United States understand how Afghanistan does have feelings for the United States. He explained that it was natural for Kabul and Washington to see the situation differently, even while working together. Hamid Karzai announced, “As two mature nations and two mature governments – by now the Afghan government is mature, too – we will be having disagreements from time to time,” He understands that we won’t all see eye to eye on things. However, we will make agreements to mend a situation. Hamid Karzai was also worried. He discussed during the meeting, that the international forces in his country must do more to avoid civilian casualties. There are innocent people dying due to the fact that the war is going on in their country. Something should be done about this. I feel that Hamid Karzai is right.
Because the meetings are being held in the United States it says that we are taking control of the situation. This is important because it shows Afghanistan that we are putting forth some type of effort. We are also inviting Afghanistan over for a meeting which shows that we need their help in order to keep control of the dangerous situations.
The Associated Press, “Clinton cites long-term U.S. commitment to Afghans”, USATODAY.com