Senators McCain, Graham celebrate July 4th with U.S. troops in Afghanistan
Stars and Stripes July 4, 2013
Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham spent their July 4th morning with U.S. troops in Afghanistan assisting with a re-enlistment ceremony, a NATO spokesman said.
The ceremony was held at Destille Garden near ISAF headquarters in Kabul, the country’s capital. McCain, R-Ariz. and Graham, R-S.C., also participated in an award ceremony for U.S. service members, and planned to visit several military bases.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he met with the two senators on Wednesday. A statement released by the presidential palace said they discussed the security agreement between Kabul and Washington for the period following the withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of next year, the peace process, upcoming presidential elections, and other issues.
Karzai said that negotiations regarding the security accord and peace talks with the Taliban insurgents could begin at the same time.