New York senator and 2008 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is to visit Afghanistan this weekend to meet government officials and US military leaders, her office said on Friday.
"Our nation continues to face serious and growing challenges in both Iraq and Afghanistan. At this critical juncture, I am eager to express my gratitude to our troops on the ground," Clinton, who is presently in Iraq, said in a statement.
"I am eager as well to hear from our commanders on the ground a frank assessment of our missions in those countries.
"I am also looking forward to meeting Iraqi leaders and American civilian officials to hear their view on the current situation in Iraq," she said.
The statement did not mention any details of Clinton's schedule on the four-day visit and her spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.
Clinton is expected to run for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2008 presidential election, with opinion polls currently putting her as the clear front runner.