May 12th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

U.S.-Karzai: A rocky relationship

Relations between Afghan leader Hamid Karzai and the United States have had their ups and downs since last summer’s elections in Afghanistan. Here are a few of them:

• In October 2009, charges of fraud in the election caused the U.S. to criticize Karzai and push him for a recount and better leadership.

Karzai is criticized for failing to deliver on campaign promises and that he tried to hijack the election complaints commission.

• Sen. John Kerry travels to Afghanistan in October 2009 to press for a recount as he urges the Obama administration to hold off on a troop increase until the election deadlock is settled. (More: Kerry on the election crisis | Karzai challenger quits)

• U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Afghanistan for Karzai’s inaugural address in November. In his speech, Karzai promises to tackle corruption. (More: Clinton pleased with Karzai's promises)

• In March 2010, Obama travels to Kabul to meet with U.S. troops and has short, tense meeting with Karzai with the normal news conference.

• Karzai, just days after meeting with Obama in Afghanistan, castigates the international community for meddling in national elections, saying foreigners – not his supporters – are responsible for widespread fraud. He later calls Hillary Clinton as the United States seeks clarification on his comments.

• In April, Karzai angers U.S. officials when he says that plans for a joint operation to drive the Taliban from Afghanistan’s second largest city, Kandahar, and surrounding provinces will proceed only with the support of the population. “We run this country,” he says. (More: Gibbs says White House 'frustrated' by Karzai remarks)

• On April 6, the U.S. threatens to cancel Karzai's visit; then U.S., Afghanistan deny an Obama-Karzai rift

Filed under: Karzai • Obama • White House
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