May 20, 2012
As he prepared to open the NATO summit Sunday in Chicago, President Obama said Afghanistan is on track to achieving a “transformational decade” of peace and stability as U.S. and other combat forces begin to withdraw and as Afghan security forces take responsibility for keeping the Taliban insurgency at bay.
After meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai for more than an hour, both leaders emphasized NATO’s commitment to helping Afghanistan maintain security and begin reconstruction as the alliance winds down its role in the war, the chief focus of the two-day summit of more than 60 leaders from around the globe.
“Both of us recognize that we still have a lot of work to do,” Obama told reporters, in his first public comments since he arrived here Saturday night following an economic summit at Camp David with the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations. “The loss of life continues in Afghanistan. There will be hard days ahead, but we’re confident that we’re on the right track.”