White House voices concerns about new Karzai comments

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
President Barack Obama

Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks during a joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, unseen, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. After seven years in office, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's star is rapidly waning in Washington, with President Barack Obama saying Afghanistan's government is detached from the surrounding communities it is supposed to serve. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's spokesman says the administration is “frustrated” with the latest remarks attributed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The Afghan leader is reported to have threatened to join the Taliban insurgency if he keeps getting pressure from the west to reform his government.

Karzai has also accused the U.N. and the international community of carrying out a “vast fraud” in last year's presidential balloting in hopes of denying him re-election.

White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said a planned meeting in Washington May 12 between Karzai and President Barack Obama is still on schedule.

Afghan lawmakers say Karzai on Saturday dismissed concerns over damage to relations with the United States, and said he had clarified things in a telephone conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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