Karzai to meet with Obama and members of Congress, visit Arlington cemetery

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai will spend most of next week in Washington discussing the way forward with President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE.

In a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the visit "comes at an important time as we continue to implement the president's strategy" in Central Asia.

Karzai arrives Monday in Washington, when White House spokesman Robert Gibbs will hold a press conference with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the international security forces in Afghanistan, and Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry.

On Tuesday, Karzai will hold an "intensive series of meetings" and joint remarks to the press at the State Department with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama welcomes Karzai to the White House on Wednesday. The two presidents will hold a joint press conference, followed by lunch in the Cabinet room for senior members of the national security team and their Afghan counterparts.

Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states MORE will host members of the Afghan delegation at his home for a dinner Wednesday evening.

Karzai will visit Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday morning.

Rhodes said Karzai will have the opportunity to visit with members of Congress on his trip, but the exact schedule was still fluid.