Senator Klobuchar in Afghanistan
KABUL (Sunday, January 3, 2010) – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar met with Minnesota troops in Afghanistan today to thank them for their courageous service. She also met with Commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, as well as Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other Afghan leaders.
“I’m impressed by our military leadership and I’m encouraged by the spirit of our soldiers,” said Klobuchar. “But I remain concerned about the strength of the Afghan government and I believe that the trust of the Afghan people in their government is critical for success. There is still much work that needs to be done and that is what I focused on in our meetings.”
In her meetings, Klobuchar stressed that America’s commitment would not be open-ended and that significant progress in Afghan governance and the economy needed to be made.
At Bagram Air Field, Klobuchar presented Vikings football caps to a group of Minnesota soldiers, who told Klobuchar that they wanted to see the Vikings in the Super Bowl.
“I was honored to meet with Minnesota troops in the field and thank them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation,” said Klobuchar. “These brave men and women fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan are carrying on the proud Minnesota tradition of military service in defense of freedom.”
Currently about 72,000 U.S. troops serve in Afghanistan, including several hundred members of the Minnesota Army and Air Force Guard.
Klobuchar traveled to Afghanistan as part of a bipartisan Senate delegation.