Afghan President Hamid Karzai is scheduled to visit Arlington National Cemetery Thursday. In this 2009 file photo, soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, known as ‘The Old Guard,’ conduct military honors during the burial ceremony for a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
Washington (CNN) – 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 Afghanistan.
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.