Karzai, Hagel cancel joint press conference
12 March, 2013
KABUL: The joint press conference of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was canceled.
Officials with the press office of Afghan Presidential Palace, which had invited certain news agencies for the proposed press conference, informed the invited journalists via telephone that the program was canceled.
On Saturday evening the officials had invited journalists to come to "Presidential Palace " without giving details. Officials in Afghanistan often keep secret on the arrival and departure of foreign dignitaries due to security reasons.
But it was guessed that the guest in the press conference with President Karzai is U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel who arrived Afghanistan on Friday to have first-hand knowledge on the security situation in Afghanistan and also to meet President Karzai.