November 2nd, 2009
03:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama calls for 'new chapter' in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama called Monday for a "new chapter" of improved governance in Afghanistan now that Hamid Karzai's re-election as president is complete.

At a brief media appearance with visiting Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Obama said he spoke to Karzai earlier Monday and congratulated him on winning a second term.

"Although the process was messy, I'm pleased to say that the final outcome was determined in accordance with Afghan law, which I think is very important," Obama said of the August election and subsequent turmoil over fraudulent votes for Karzai that were disqualified.

Obama said he told Karzai that for Afghanistan, "this has to be a point in time in time in which we being to write a new chapter based on improved governance, a much more serious effort to eradicate corruption, joint efforts to accelerate the training of Afghan security forces so that the Afghan people can provide their own security."

Filed under: Afghanistan • Hamid Karzai • President Obama
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  1. Loup Garou 782

    Any time there is an obama or someone from the obama administration in the vicinity Hamid Karzi better watch his back. bon't let any of those people get behind you, it could be painful.

    November 2, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. RCasson

    Lets get out Mr. President. Its time.

    November 2, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. rudy

    i think that is extremely important to recognize the president karzai in his approval to have an ultimate run-off . it shows his determination to leading a people by putting first the legitamate opportunity for voters to be recognized and to put any re-election fears aside. the time is now for a new chapter to begin. one that puts the security and well being of the afgani people first and a commitment to corruption eradication .

    November 2, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Stephen A. Johnson

    The U.S. twists Mr. Karzai's arm into agreeing to a runoff election and then backs oput saying that we can not risk American lives at the poling places? What kind of colonialism is this? The kind that never works? U.S. GET OUT NOW!

    November 2, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. diridi

    pres. obama, I think, in my opinion, we need to get out of Afganistan...enough of pouring money by Bush in Iraq....looted the nation, dug deep deficit....we need to fix health care with public option...let me dare enough to ask these republican and GOP thugs...what did you acheive in IRAQ....DID YOU BRING OIL ATLEAST...TODAY OIL IS 2.70.$$$
    IDIOTS....pres. obama, please get out of Afganistan....hand over to Taliban moderates....just ignore...concentrate on American Soil....period...fix care forthwith.....

    November 2, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Dar

    Odumbo droped Kaizai like a hot rock as soon as there was a little problem with the elections and wouldn't say anything untill the new results were given. Kaizai has stood beside us as our friend for all these years and Odumbo had to play his little game just in case Kaizai wasnt re elected. Just turned his back on him like he will and is doing to all of us. What a piece of dog dung this guy has turned out to be. IM done with him, it's all about Obumbo as it always has been. Wake up people.

    November 2, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. desertique

    Hey Pres. How about we stop the drone attacks and the massacre of civilians? Osama is dead and Al Qaida is stronger than ever. Who's side are you on?

    November 2, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. tate

    Could obama look like more of a fool if he tried? The guy is a complete and total fool. This little idiot was told it should not matter who is running things get the troops in crush these animals and then get out of there. This child is killing our men and woman while he plays golf and cant make a decision. you cant vote presedent HUSSIEN.

    November 2, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Buck Wheat

    Send Obummer to Afghanistan...maybe they are stupid enough to listen to this kook!

    November 2, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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