Obama plays down rift with Karzai

US president Barack Obama welcomed his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai to Washington last week, as the two leaders sought to rebuild a relationship that had faltered amid allegations of corruption, electoral fraud and recurring civilian casualties.

15th May, 2010

US president Barack Obama welcomed his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai to Washington last week, as the two leaders sought to rebuild a relationship that had faltered amid allegations of corruption, electoral fraud and recurring civilian casualties.

During a joint address in the White House, Obama downplayed reports of a serious rift between their respective administrations.

‘‘With respect to perceived tensions between the US government and the Afghan government, let me begin by saying a lot...

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