President Obama Visits Afghanistan to Sign Agreement


President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he steps off Air Force One at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan earlier today (Tuesday, May 1). Charles Dharapak/AP

One year to the day after announcing to the world the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan, the nation where the al-Qaida leader and his followers planned the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Mark Memmott of NPR reports that the news of the president’s unannounced trip was confirmed just before 3 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesday.

Obama is scheduled to deliver a televised address to Americans this evening at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

On his trip, the president is meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and they will sign the newly negotiated U.S.-Afghan security agreement that defines the two countries’ relationship when U.S. and coalition troops with in 2014.

The Armed Forces Press Service reports:

According to the pool report, “the timing of the trip was driven by the negotiations over the strategic partnership agreement and by the desire of both presidents to sign the agreement in Afghanistan prior to the NATO summit in Chicago later this month.”

This is Obama’s fourth trip to Afghanistan.


2 Responses

  1. It is a good day, a day that signe a traguard toward freedom, democracy, stability of Afghanistan and, for all you, buddies, the return to home. A new Afghanistan has born a the meeting Obama-karzai is a holiday we will remember on future as a historic day.
    We now see the concretation of hopes we have Claudio Alpaca

  2. What is getting less attention is that “the United States will continue to support the nation in the decade ahead” — ten more years in Afghanistan, and ten more years our service members will continue to need our support while they serve in that country.

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