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Afghan President Begins U.S. Visit


Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has begun a four-day visit to the United States.

Karzai is expected to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and U.S. senators.

After arriving on January 8, Karzai met with Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security Asadullah Khalid, who is being treated in Washington for wounds he received in a suicide bombing last month.

WATCH: Karzai visits Khalid in a U.S. hospital (video from Afghan president's office)

On January 11, Karzai and U.S. President Barack Obama will negotiate a bilateral security agreement.

The White House says that during the visit, Obama will not announce a decision on how many troops will stay in Afghanistan after 2014.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes told reporters the two leaders will "consult about those issues" before Obama makes a decision "in the coming months."

Rhodes also said the White House does not rule out the possibility that no troops will remain post-2014, when Afghanistan is scheduled to take full responsibility for its security.

Negotiations on a bilateral security agreement are set to feature in talks between Karzai and Obama Friday.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters