U.S. Secretary of State delivers remarks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani before their meeting in Tervuren, Belgium on April 24, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/04/207920.htm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 25, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 25, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

President Barack Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan hold a joint press conference after meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2013.

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

President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai exchange documents after signing the strategic partnership agreement in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 2, 2012. [White House photo by Pete Souza]

About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as DipNote’s Associate Editor.

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… more »