May 1st, 2009
04:11 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama to meet with presidents of Pakistan, Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama will meet with the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will meet with the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday to "accelerate the process of cooperation between the two countries," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Friday.

Obama will hold separate meetings and a joint summit with President Karzai of Afghanistan and President Zardari of Pakistan at the White House, Gibbs announced during Friday's daily press briefing.

"The president looks forward to discussing with these two democratically elected leaders how we can work together to enhance our cooperation in this important part of the world as the United States implements a new strategy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan," Gibbs said.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. annie for Palin

    Is he going to bow or hug or what.

    May 1, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Bill in Austin

    What a unique idea. It certainly hasn't been used in the last 8 years. Now, if we can just put a muzzle on all those neocons and chickenhawks who still think that the cowboy mentality of the past adminstration is the only way to go. That strategy certainly didn't work.

    May 1, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Political Queen

    Good, I think this is just a continuation of the "change" we need in Washington and America. We can't be afraid to start dialogue with untraditional allies...we need a new strategy, this is a global society, and we shouldn't exclude those who have a vested interest (good or bad) in the world. The worst thing we could is alienate other countries...once again; President Obama is showing how effective leadership and communication can change the future. No one can accuse President Obama of not reaching out, which is more than I can say for the previous President, administration, and ignorant, right wing repuliCONS! (Yes, I meant to misspell it, because they conned the American people into war, financial destruction, and polarization).

    May 1, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Ryan

    Ted van Tol, did you forget about 9/11? I don't thinks so.

    May 1, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. eaglesoars

    Elections matter. No matter what he does now that all children and their children will have to climb out of the fiscal hole the Dems decided to dig is the biggest atrocity. What Bush left is small in comparison. The "spend till they stop talking" Dems that have been high on the hill for the past 2 yrs dug the trenches, and now they can't shovel us fast enough into the abyss. Japan already went through this type of pain, and are still feeling the effects. In the end, it is unfortunate that elections DO have consequences and America is lost. Glad the progressives believe that their ways are better. Seems that most of these were attending Woodstock and seem to be distilled in their LSD trippings. No matter who is in the white house, or entrenched in the other walls of government, the other side raises the level of their voices. This country won't return to its true level until the people take it back and make the government work for us, represent us, and not the loud agenda of special interests, large corporations, a media that can't do its job honestly, and the hate that the two party system has empowered. This country is failing its people and the people of this country have failed us all as well.

    May 1, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Michael

    Vinegar or Honey.... Bush took the vinegar approach and got us even more hated... Honey is a very reasonable approach and I'm glad he's not too high and mighty to have delegates do it. He said he would meet with various countries and he's doing it. Thanks for being a man of your word and one that knows the difference between being a bully on the playground and the class president.

    May 1, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. Matt

    If liberals are so tolerant of others why are all the ones on CNN blogs such hatefilled angry people?

    May 1, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Bacchus

    Just talk

    Do you believe your own babble? I feel safer with Obama... you are right...... weapons get used. We used them to kill alot of people in Japan to end World War 2.....I do worry about rogue nations with nukes...... but how come we let the rogue nation of Israel have them. And Pakistan and India.? Why in the world were those two countries allowed to have nukes pointing at each other?

    May 1, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Bacchus

    Maggie I am glad our president shows respect to other countries. The USAS arrogance is why we are so hated in many places......Bush kissed and held hands with the Saudi Princes...... Bush SR. had the Taliban in his OFFICE shaking hands at the white house... Do you know we supported Chavez at first? How about Bush rubbing the german chancellors shoulders? How about how we kiss the Saudis and Israelis rears. Both are terrorist thug nations.

    May 1, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. CO

    Obama isn't apologizing; he's emphazing that America and Americans should not be judged for– and be burdened by– Bush's sins. Bush created many enemies for America– thankfully, Obama will win us more friends.

    May 1, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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