|Afghan President Says, 'No Way' to Obama Invite|
|by Tom McGregor||Sun, May 25, 2014, 09:45 PM|
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and all government officials refused to greet President Barry Obama on his Afghan tour on Sunday.
According to Reuters, "With Afghanistan immersed in a runoff election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, Obama did not meet Afghan government officials nor travel to the capital Kabul. Karzai has long been out of favor with Washington over his refusal to sign a bilateral security agreement to allow U.S. troops to stay beyond 2014."
Obama intended to sign a security agreement with President Karzai in Kabul, but Afghan officials declared Obama, 'persona non grata' in their country.
As reported by Reuters, "Obama's fourth visit to Afghanistan came as he faces criticism at home over a foreign policy often derided as too passive in dealing with crises from Syria to Ukraine and Russia. He is to respond to those criticisms in a speech on Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point."
Obama even called Karzai on Air Force One pleading with him to meet him face-to-face and sign a bilateral security agreement, but Karzai said, "no way."
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