Bush, Karzai Diverge on Iran

Leaders discuss regional stability
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2007 4:14 PM CDT
President Bush, left, and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai conclude their joint press conference, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at Camp David, Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush and Hamid Karzai emerged from today's Camp David meetings together, but they've clearly parted ways on the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Iran's role in Afghanistan. Bush put the onus on Iran to demonstrate that it's not a "destabilizing force," the Washington Post reports, but Karzai is already on the record praising Tehran.

Bush refused to rule out deploying US troops in Pakistani territory in pursuit of Al-Qaeda without the Karzai government's permission. Asked about Karzai's calling Iran "a helper and a solution" in an interview with CNN yesterday, Bush demurred, saying his Afghan counterpart "knows best about what's taking place in his country, and, of course, I'm willing to listen."