U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, with U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry (at right, above) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Monday. Clinton, who announced earlier a major aid package to Pakistan, arrived in Afghanistan's capital for Tuesday's Kabul Conference.
The Afghan government and the United Nations will be chairing the conference. Clinton, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, foreign ministers and top officials from more 70 countries and organizations will be attending the meeting, described as the first conference of its kind in Afghanistan.
It is the latest step in what Western and Afghan officials call the Kabul process – the transition to more Afghan responsibility for running the nation. Earlier this year, two other high-profile meetings dealt with the issue – an international conference in London, England, last January and a "peace jirga," a meeting of tribal and religious leaders in June.