By Kevin Sieff, Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2:23 PM
KABUL — President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, landing on the one-year anniversary of the attack that killed Osama bin Laden and during a pivotal moment in U.S-Afghan relations, as the two countries look to define their military and economic ties beyond 2014.
Obama landed at Bagram air base north of Kabul at 10:20 p.m. local time and boarded a helicopter shortly afterward for a flight into the capital. He arrived at the Afghan presidential palace just after 11 p.m. local time for a meeting with President Hamid Karzai. He was expected to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Karzai, then address the American people on live television at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Washington time.
<..> Karzai has long requested reassurance from Obama that American support would not wane after 2014, when the last NATO combat troops are due to leave the country. With the completion of a draft strategic partnership agreement last month — finished after more than a year of wrangling — Afghans are now eager for a public articulation of that long-term U.S. commitment.
Our President is a busy man.