Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has quietly returned to Kabul to continue talks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, according to his spokesman, Frederick Jones. Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, left Kabul on Wednesday to tour flood-affected areas of Pakistan, but made a second, unexpected trip back to Afghanistan, apparently to resume meetings with the Afghan president about anticorruption efforts, and about Karzai's decree that American contractors should leave the country within four months.
ďAs part of his ongoing efforts to assess conditions on the ground, Senator Kerry has returned to Afghanistan to complete his meetings with Karzai and US officials, and will visit with soldiers," Jones said.
Kerry was due to leave the region tonight, but opted to postpone for reasons his aides did not disclose.
Last year, Kerry made a second, unexpected trip to Kabul to convince Karzai to accept the findings of an international elections commission. After that trip, Kerry was widely credited for helping to resolve a dangerous impasse between Karzai and the international community.
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