February 21st, 2009
10:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Karzai, Pelosi talk counter-terrorism, reconstruction

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Afghan President Hamid Karzai America's "new strategy" in Afghanistan will focus on reconstructing the war-battered country and maintaining strong counter-terrorism measures, his office said.

Karzai's office passed along a statement with details of a meeting Saturday between Karzai and a Pelosi-led congressional delegation visiting Afghanistan.

Both sides discussed bilateral relations, counter-terrorism strategy, Afghan-U.S. bilateral relations, counter-terrorism strategy, economic improvements, and America's long-term security commitment to the country.

"Ms. Pelosi during the meeting said that the process of democracy in Afghanistan was on the right track and she assured President Karzai that the new American strategy for Afghanistan, which also has the views of the Afghan government included, will consider every necessary measure for a better coordination of the counter-terrorism effort in the region and have achievable goals.

"Ms. Pelosi also reaffirmed her country's continued commitment to the reconstruction process in Afghanistan and said that the new strategy would concentrate on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan as well."

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  1. Had It

    I hope she's not committing MY tax dollars to rebuild another warring country.

    Those countries have destroyed each other for centuries – let THEM rebuild.

    February 21, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Had It

    Me-Thinks we need a new Speaker of the House.

    February 21, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. jesuino leduino rosa

    Isn't she lovely ?

    February 21, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. EVOLVE

    AT LEAST AMERICA IS FOCUSED ON THE CORRECT PLACE NOW.

    OUR DOLLARS CAN BE SPENT FIGHTING TERRORISM INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING A AGENDA BASED ON LIES FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    I ALSO FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THE REPUBLICAN INCREASED OUT DEBT 6 TRILLION DOLLARS IN EIGHT YEARS AND NOW COMPLAIN 800 BILLION IS WRONG. WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITCS. DON'T WORRY ALL THE REPUBLICAN STATES WILL ACCEPT THE STIMULUS MONEY. THE REPUBLICANS ARE ONLY GRAND STANDING.

    GET REAL YOU RIGHT WINGED CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS.

    February 21, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. fearful for my country

    CNN pleeeaaseee,,,,stop putting this ugly witch on your news. She is NOT news nor is she even liked by anyone in this country! And if you idiots in california maintain this woman in office then you deserve to go bankrupt!

    February 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. gregg

    wow 7 dollars a week... send it oversea

    February 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. pat C.

    why is Pelosi chatting with this leader? she needs to keep her nose out of this and allow clinton and obama to do their job. she is a disgrace to obama's cabinet and responsible for the negative press obama is getting from his stimulus deal. he needs to get rid of this woman before she single handedly ruins the president.

    February 21, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. S Callahan

    Is it really a good idea to have Ms. Pelosi be the spokeperson for USA...I thought Pres. Obama appointement someone for this role....

    February 21, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. billy-bayou

    With our nation in dire straits according to that pelosi woman and others, why the hell is she and others flying around the world polluting the air with her big foot print, adding to global warming and doing nothing to solve the alleged problems of this nation.
    The inmates are truly in charge of the asylum.

    February 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Steve

    It is so scary having this lady representing the US in any fashion, especially in Muslim countries that view women so much differently that we do in the US.
    Not only did she help craft the stimulus package that will ruin the US for decades, but she is now trying to perform international relations functions that should be left to the State Department.

    February 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Gary

    Fake smile. Rammed a pork spending bill through congress and called it "stimulus". Wasted tax payer money so she could have a vacation to Italy. She's partisan, she's mean spirited and I think that it is time for her to retire.

    February 21, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Gordon Shumway

    I hope all Ms Pelosi did was nod, as that way she wouldn't jeopardize our future relations with this country.

    February 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Paul H

    "Ms. Pelosi also reaffirmed her country's continued commitment to the reconstruction process in Afghanistan and said that the new strategy would concentrate on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan as well."
    After we borrow some more money first!

    February 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. barbara english

    There are too many people showing their ME-ME-ME side in this housing crisis. I refer to those who are whining, "i've been responsible and am not in foreclosure, so how is president Obama's plan helping ME." I happen to be a responsible homeowner who is not in foreclosure and my adult children also have been responsible and still have their homes. But, we realize that Obama's plan, if effective in saving our neighbors homes (who are in trouble), it will help the VALUE of our homes to remain stable. If those ME-ME-ME people would look beyond their own selfish interests to see the big picture, they might see that there really is something in this for them in pulling for their neighbors rescue instead of worrying that there is nothing in it for them. Ever since the early days of Genesis when someone asked, "am I my brother's keeper?" people seem to forget God's answer to that question.

    February 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. be

    Speaker Pelosi should tell the Pope that the Church Age has come to an end..

    February 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. steve

    Travel safely , Madam speaker.
    Meanwhile ,the Gop were gearing up to portray her tour as wastefull spending.
    The GOP party is turning into a joke ( childish ) in their approach to all issues

    February 21, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. david

    how many secretary of state positions do we have? pelosi is talking to karzai, kerry is talking to syrian president, clinton is talking to china, obama is talking to canada and who knows who else? all of them must be doing what they are doing with obama's approval and support. would think that clinton would be the usa representative abroad. hey obama! who is really in charge?

    February 21, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. steve

    Travel safely , Madam speaker.
    Meanwhile ,the Gop and the media were gearing up to portray her tour as wastefull spending.
    The GOP party is turning into a joke ( childish ) in their approach to all issues

    February 21, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Alan

    Isn't just comforting knowing that Nancy Pelosi is on the job protecting us from terrorism?!

    February 21, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. JOE KILOZ

    OUT,,,,,,,,,OF,,,,,,,,,,,,AFGHANISTAN,,,,,,,,,,AND,,,,,,,,,,IRAK,,,,,,,,,SOON

    February 21, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. And the wars go on......

    Where's the CHANGE?

    Wars continue in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sec. of State Clinton tells China we won't let their human rights violations interfere with our trade relations. Secret prisons continue in Afghanistan. Banks continue to get bailed out and now we're bailing out our neighbors who took loans they could not afford just because they thought they deserved the "good" life.
    People are placed in Obama's administration who were former lobbyists.

    Where's the Change?

    February 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Dan J

    The Dems have a secret agenda with Afganistan. It's very obvious.

    February 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The photo looks like jet lag has overcome the botox wide-eyes.

    February 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Marc

    As a gesture of friendship I would like to offer Nancy Pelosi to the Afghan government to help them stimulate their economy. We'll pay for the one way ticket.

    February 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Ray Fisher

    I have dream't of the day when all wars will be economic in nature without blodshed, pain and destruction of all things including the human spirit and our President could be the one to finally achieve my dream. All people basically want to live, work and play in peace yet feel they must resort to violence when all hope is lost. Our President can revive hope for our adversaries and begin our final war on global poverty without bombs, guns, bloodshed nor pain but with opportunity, kindness and a better standard of living. A global fair trade policy can achieve greater victories than any weapon or offensive strategy. The time is now with our global economic downturn to stop broadening our slave labor cheap import policies and begin fair trade higher standard of living policies for all. I call this my Global Walmart Plan, introducing the world to the lifestyle Americans have enjoyed since our beginning.

    February 21, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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