May 1st, 2009
04:11 PM ET
13 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.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Pakistan • President Obama
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Robin

    Time for the Apology Brigade.

    May 1, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Maggie

    Wonder what he will appolige for this time? Also I hope the CNN cameras are on him when he bows to them. perhaps he will be so popular there they want to keep him.

    May 1, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. KJ

    Maggie get over yourself

    May 1, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Ben in Oil City Pa.

    He'll more then likely have to apolgies for you two boneheads

    May 1, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Igor Bouttchenko

    Some people seem to think Obama will be apologising. Why is this? I don't think he has to or will apologise.

    May 1, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    Well that's just great. You know, we've not appeased these countries enough. Here they are harboring terrorists and growing opium which will later become narcotics in the US and here we are not flooding their crappy countries with money. Also, geez, what could we do to make them like us more? Maybe, make islam our state religion or pay them the unbeliever's tax. Oh, I know, he could bow to their leaders and beg them for blessings.

    May 1, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Deborah

    The hardest working president EVER!

    May 1, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. KJ

    Many are disillusioned that this shows some kind of weakness, but what he is doing is using diplomacy, wisdom, stature and a little respect to reposition America as the respected democracy it once was on the world stage.

    May 1, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Me thinks sore-loserism is clouding a few thought processes here.

    Elections matter get over it!

    May 1, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. ray ray

    I wonder if Obama will be wearing his O'fficial knee pads for when he gets on his knees to "convince" these leaders to help?

    Obama will (again) get shunned.

    He asks Russia to help with Iran (offering Poland's missile defense as bartering chip) – Russia literally laughs at him.

    He asks Europe to help with Afghanistan. They say no.

    He asks Europe to help with World Recovery Fund. They say no.

    He asks North Korea to not launch their test missile. They ignore him.

    He asks Iran to stop developing nuclear technology. They boast having 7000 centrifuges.

    The world KNOWS.... Obama is a 90lb weakling!!

    May 1, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Every negative comment conservatives, repuglicans and GOPers makes drives them further and further into obscurity. Everytime the GOP says no and offers no viable alternative they drive the stake deeper into the heart of their party. People have completely rejected conservative ideologies and you are not giving them a reason to accept this way of thinking ever again.
    I like the 2 party system. I think we need conservative points of view, but you guys are killing your party. As bad as we talk about you, we don't want you to stop existing. We need you.

    Get well soon GOP

    May 1, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Felicia

    Maggie you are a very, very, very selfish bytch.

    May 1, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. KathyA

    I feel safer already. It's time we stop making enemies and join together on a global basis. Best wishes and God be with you Obama.

    May 1, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Ted van Tol

    There are a lot more apologys needed!
    When you want to heal yourself you must
    accept your history and in your history
    America, is a lot of daknes and killing of innocent
    I will never forget the burned childeren
    in Vietnam where the USA bombed thousands
    of villages with napalm because they could not win.
    America's support of dictators in so many countrys
    like El Salvador, Honduras, Argentine, Chili etc., etc.
    The USA support of Sadam Husein in the war against
    Iran and the support of the Taliban against Russia.
    This God given President, Barack Obama realy is a hero,
    not a fighting one but a healing one.
    May God keep him safe becaus he is in danger in his own
    country every day!

    May 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Vick

    Well what ever he does i hope it all works out =)

    May 1, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. D

    Apoligise for what the, the huge amount of ignorant people we have here in the US. I'm looking at you rayray....

    May 1, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Steve, Columbia SC

    Pleaseeeeeeeee, someone tell him not to bow this time.

    May 1, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Oh boy! More people to apologize and bow to. 🙂

    May 1, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Robin

    @Ted van Tol May 1st, 2009 5:50 pm ET

    No one was complaining when we blanket bombed Berlin, Germany back in 1945.

    May 1, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. JonDie

    Unfortunately Bush left our foreign policy in such shambles that there is little realistically that Obama can do. It's pretty much up to Afghanistan's and Pakistan's leaders to figure out what to do.

    Bush's criminal adventure in Iraq bankrupted our treasury, almost broke our military, and destroyed our position of leadership in the world.

    May 1, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. David in CA

    At least he didn't hand this off to Hillary " The Iraq war is unwinnable" Clinton. I think she's still consumed with that project to get the Iraq government set up on Twitter. One thing at a time.

    May 1, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. yaya

    The bowing shows a respect for a culture other than his own. I think it is smart.

    Sometimes you need to show respect to receive respect.

    May 1, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. More talk.....

    As Obama talks, N. Korea and Iran accelerate their nuke programs. Why? Because they have learned that Obama is weak and will take no action thereby making them safe in their pursuits.

    The nukes will be flying soon enough. Why? Because man has never made a weapon that he didn't use.

    May 1, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. dreamer

    Wow someone trying to make progresses in the war against terrorism.Now you know it's not the repubs,lol.

    May 1, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Sammy

    I dont care who got elected president. Simply talking is always good even if it amounts to nothing. The effort is what matters. What would be worse is a president who wouldnt every try. Wait, we had that and it didnt work so well.

    May 1, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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