WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney today met with President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, as part of a week-long overseas trip that could bolster the former Massachusetts governor’s foreign policy credentials.
Romney and Karzai discussed terrorist activities along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to a statement from Karzai’s office that was cited by the wire service Agence France-Presse.
“The situation in Pakistan is an indicator that terrorists are not only attacking Afghanistan but are causing lots of troubles for Pakistan too,” the statement quoted Romney as saying.
Senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom confirmed that Romney and Karzai met, but would not comment on their discussion.
Romney met with Karzai on the same day that Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan. He plans to meet with Karzai, greet members of the military, and visit an Afghan National Army Training Center.
Romney left on Friday for a trip to Afghanistan, Israel, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates. He is also planning to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Romney is widely expected this spring to announce a run for the Republican presidential nomination.
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