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White House May Cancel Obama Meeting With Karzai

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The White House is signaling it might cancel next month's meeting between President Obama and Hamid Karzai, after recent anti-Western statements by the Afghan president.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the planned meeting was still scheduled for May 12. However Gibbs later said that "we certainly would evaluate . . . continued or further remarks" by Karzai before deciding whether it's "constructive to have such a meeting," The Washington Post reported.

In a speech Thursday, Karzai claimed the United Nations and other foreigners tried to fix the recent disputed presidential election, either to prevent him from serving a second term, or to tarnish his victory.

He later called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to "clarify" his remarks, which he said were misinterpreted.

Then over the weekend reports emerged that Karzai had twice threatened to quit politics and join the Taliban if Western nations continued to pressure him to enact reforms. Karzai's office denied the president had made those comments.

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