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Karzai’s US trip under threat

The White House offered fresh signals of its displeasure with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, hinting that it might cancel his Washington meeting with President Obama next month.

world Updated: Apr 08, 2010 00:14 IST

The White House offered fresh signals of its displeasure with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, hinting that it might cancel his Washington meeting with President Obama next month.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said a planned meeting between Obama and Karzai on May 12 is “still on the schedule.” But later, in a reference to a series of anti-Western comments made recently by the Afghan leader, Gibbs said that “we certainly would evaluate ... continued or further remarks” by Karzai before deciding whether it’s “constructive to have such a meeting.”

Gibbs also pointedly declined to call Karzai a US ally. The administration has typically referred to him as a “partner” in its efforts to fight terrorism.