Washington, DC— Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today following his meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai:
“President Karzai and I had an important dialogue about how the United States and Afghanistan need to continue working together to defeat terrorism in Afghanistan and keep America safe. More than 100,000 Americans, including many Nevadans, are putting their lives on the line each day to bring security to Afghanistan. For their mission to be successful, it is essential that they have an effective, committed partner in the Afghan government. I expressed my concerns to President Karzai about corruption in the Afghan government and the need for Afghanistan to be a reliable partner to help us defuse terror threats. I also reiterated my longstanding concern about women’s rights in Afghanistan.
“America’s national security relies on our ability to break up terrorist networks in Afghanistan and to strengthen the Afghan government. Recent events remind us that the threat to our homeland from violent extremists training, plotting and fundraising in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region remains very real, and success in Afghanistan is critical in keeping our nation safe. We will continue to fund our troops to give them all the support they need so they can fight terrorism. But, as our servicemen and women continue to put their lives on the line and we spend taxpayer resources to complete our mission, we need to see sustained signs of progress from the Afghan government.”