Photo of the Week: President Obama Makes a Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

This week's Photo of the Week comes to us from the White House Official Photographer, Pete Souza. On May 2, President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where shortly after midnight Kabul time, President Obama and his counterpart, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, signed a 10-year strategic partnership agreement.

In an internationally televised addressed from Bagram Air Base, President Obama said, “Today, I signed a historic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan that defines a new kind of relationship between our countries -- a future in which Afghans are responsible for the security of their nation, and we build an equal partnership between two sovereign states; a future in which war ends and a new chapter begins.”

According to a White House fact sheet, the agreement is not only a signal of the United States' long-term commitment to Afghanistan, but it enshrines our commitments to one another and a common vision for our relationship and Afghanistan's future. In addition, the United States will designate Afghanistan a "Major Non-NATO Ally" to provide a long-term framework for security and defense cooperation. On May 20-21, the United States will host the NATO Summit in Chicago to discuss the transition in Afghanistan and reaffirm NATO's enduring commitment to the Afghan people beyond 2014.

You can view more photos of the President's visit to Afghanistan on the White House Blog.



West Virginia, USA
May 6, 2012

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Awesome foto, Ms Goldfarb. Thanks for the story

West Virginia, USA
May 5, 2012

Pam in West Virginia writes:

Hopefully a true beginning of withdrawal

Presidents Obama and Karzai Exchange Documents After Signing Strategic Partnership Agreement
May 4, 2012


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