Kerry stresses good governance during Kabul visit

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Tuesday visited Kabul where he met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other officials to discuss the state of Afghan political affairs.

Corruption has been a consistent problem in the new regime, and Kerry noted Afghan leaders must work harder to ensure the continued support of their Western partners. 

"That's the test right now, that's why I'm here, because I think President Karzai and his government need to understand that there is no patience for endless support for something that doesn't meet higher standards with respect to governance," Kerry told a group of reporters following a meeting with Karzai.

Afghanistan's national security adviser Dr. Rangin Spanta also participated in the meeting, along with Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry. 

Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also met with troops.

To see photos of the visit, see the Embassy's Flickr photostream.