May 8th, 2010
02:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Pelosi, congressional delegation visit Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Afghanistan."]Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Saturday, after a meeting with U.S. troops and the top U.S. military commander in the country.

A statement from Pelosi's office said the delegation was briefed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry. The talks with Karzai focused on the political and security situation in Afghanistan, the statement said.

In addition to Pelosi, the other members of the delegation are: Susan Davis of California, Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military
Personnel; Madeleine Bordallo of Guam, Member of the Armed Services Committee; Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts, Member of the Armed Services Committee; and Donna Edwards of Maryland, Member of the Science and Technology Committee.

At a news conference Thursday, Pelosi mentioned that she would be spending Mother's Day - which is Sunday - with U.S. troops.

"We are grateful for the service of our brave men and women in Afghanistan, for their commitment to America's security, and their unwavering dedication to their mission," Pelosi said, according to the statement.

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Ken in NC

    They should have taken Senator McCain with them since he knows where bin Laden is so he could capture him and bring him to New York for trial.

    May 8, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. IKHAN

    Its vital for our country & national interests that besides visiting with our troops In Iraq & Afghanistan , which is mostly a foto-op, our polticians try to see the broad picture.
    With an ear to the ground & a grip on the historical, geo-poltical perspective on whats going on in that region can the politicians find a long term solution to our military involvement in these two places. They have to listen to what the general public , its their country isn't it, is saying in order to win their hearts & minds. As without achieving this we cannot hope to win militarily.
    Simply continuing this war with armament would be futile.

    May 8, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

    I honestly love Nancy Pelosi. First things, first, she is walking American history. She is the First Woman to ever serve as speaker of the house.
    Her work level is unmatched by the men in congress today.

    May 8, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    In this day and age, and the introduction of Skype to the world, why do we have to spend taxpayer dollars to fly these people to Afghanistan, protect them, put them up, and feed them. I'm not understanding this. You can get first hand information without leaving home.

    May 8, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Randall in Torrance, CA - Welcome to Trashcanistan

    Get our troops the hell out of that Taliban infested poppy field. Leave a US NAVY SEAL Team there and they will end this never ending drain on our troops once and for all. Pelosi is to be admired for caring about the well being of Afterghanistan, but let's stop wasting our scare resources on that backwards, cave-dwelling, camel riding, sand box.

    May 8, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. diridi

    instead of these expenses., pass financial reform, immigration reform, and climate reform, and energy efficiency reform, and bring back jobs....ok, need usa...

    May 8, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |