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Karzai Wraps Up Feel-Good Washington Visit

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace, Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec 27, 2007. Karzai, who met with opposition Pakistani leader, Benazir Bhutto earlier on Thursday in Islamabad, said,

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace, Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec 27, 2007. Karzai, who met with opposition Pakistani leader, Benazir Bhutto earlier on Thursday in Islamabad, said, "she sacrificed her life, for the sake of Pakistan and for the sake of this region. I am deeply sorry, deeply pained at this brave sister of ours, brave daughter of the Muslim world who is no longer with us". (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai wraps up a four-day visit to Washington on Thursday with a televised give-and-take with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Obama administration has done its best to repair strained relations with the Afghan leader, its partner in the war against militants in Afghanistan. For his part, Karzai is trying to convince Americans that his regime is worth fighting and dying for, with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and private talks with top lawmakers.

Karzai will appear with Clinton at the U.S. Institute of Peace for what is billed as a "moderated discussion." They are expected to talk about the ups and downs of the U.S.-Afghan relationship and the way ahead.

Karzai leaves Washington on Friday.


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