The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan traveled to Washington for critical meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and other top administration officials on Wednesday.
Each foreign leader is confronting a crisis back home. Pakistani troops are battling Taliban militants less than 100 miles from the capital city, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai is dealing with the repercussions of a U.S. bombing attack that killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan.
Daniel Markey, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a specialist on South Asia, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the effectiveness of these meetings, anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and the possibility of involving Iran in a regional peace conference.
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