From Pool Producer Elise Labott in Kabul, Afghanistan.
According to a senior State Department official, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the 20th.
“I’m assuming it will be a one on one or a smaller meeting with her and him, that will then go into a dinner with a number of his officials," the official told journalists traveling with Clinton.
“The next day there will be a civil society event, and there will probably be another event that we’re working on in terms of pulling together the ethnic constituencies in Afghanistan so she can have that kind of event, post-Rabbani obviously.”
“The objective of the trip is the Secretary wants to show our commitment to Afghanistan and she’s going to be following up on or continuing the diplomatic effort that she announced in February of this year in terms of both transition, standing with Afghanistan and working on a political resolution to the underlying conflict. And she’ll be talking about various efforts that are going on to implement what she laid out in February.”
Clinton will be talking about our strategic arrangements with Afghanistan the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan.