Hamid Karzai, the President of Afganistan has made comments disparaging the support of his country by American troops, straining our already tense relationship. However, apparently his views don’t reflect those of his peers, who think such comments aren’t in their countries best interests.
Still, some Afghan leaders have expressed concern that American budgetary concerns, coupled with a worsening political relationship between the countries, could lead the United States to reduce or even remove its support.
In Kabul, both Afghan vice presidents met with Mr. Karzai for two hours Wednesday morning, while a group of representatives from 14 political parties — most of them opposition groups but several with members in government — held a news conference to denounce the president’s stance.
“All these remarks may destroy our relations with the international community, and especially America, and lead to the isolation of Afghanistan again,” said Faizullah Zaki, the spokesman for Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, the powerful Uzbek leader and warlord who campaigned for Mr. Karzai in his 2009 election and later fell out with him. “We are calling on the president to stop doing this because we believe it is not in our national interest.”