Michigan senator Carl Levin is on his way back from a quick trip to Afghanistan. The senator left for Afghanistan Monday and is returning to the U.S. on Friday.
Senator Levin met with Afghan President Muhammad Karzai during his time in Afghanistan this week. "I was struck by the very positive changes in Afghanistan since I first started visiting the country about 12 years ago and how the improvement has accelerated in the last three years," Levin said in a statement to the media. "Afghanistan is more secure, and of greatest importance perhaps, it is the Afghan Army and police who now have responsibility for preserving security and they are doing so far more successfully and quickly than many predicted. I believe that the continued assistance and engagement of the United States and other countries is warranted and will help preserve these achievements."
Levin was concerned about the continued negotiations between the U.S. and Afghanistan on what the American presence in Afghanistan will be after 2014. " I told President Karzai that we will not be able to provide such [security] assistance unless an acceptable Bilateral Security Agreement is reached in the near future and also stressed that his words have too often not been helpful to promote confidence between our countries." A major sticking point in the negotiations has been whether U.S. soldiers who are stationed in Afghanistan will be subject to Afghan law or American military courts.