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Obama makes surprise Afghan tour

Broadcast: 29/03/2010

Reporter: Leigh Sales

United States president Barack Obama has visited US troops, while on an unannounced whistle-stop
night visit to Afghanistan for urgent talks with president Hamid Karzai.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The American public thought Barack Obama was taking time off with his
family. Instead, the US president went to visit his troops.

President Obama's first visit as commander in chief to Afghanistan also included talks with
President Hamid Karzai.

He was given a rousing reception by US and coalition soldiers.

BARACK OBAMA, UNITED STATES PRESIDENT: There's no visit that I considered more important than this
visit I'm making right now.

LEIGH SALES: President Obama's meeting with Hamid Karzai lasted for half an hour, and was described
by American officials as productive and businesslike.

HAMID KARZAI, AFGHAN PRESIDENT: We had a good discussion on the issues between our two countries.

BARACK OBAMA: We also want to continue to make progress on the civilian process of ensuring that
agricultural production, energy production, good governance, rule of law.

LEIGH SALES: The US president invited his Afghan counterpart to Washington in May.