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U.S. seeks to clarify Karzai remarks

From NBC's Courtney Kube, Savannah Guthrie, and Mark Murray
U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry met with President Karzai today to seek clarification of Karzai's allegations of fraud in last year's elections and his assertion that the West is trying to weaken him.

A State Department official said that they still do not have a read out of the Eikenberry and Karzai meeting yet, but that Eikenberry did convey that the U.S. is troubled by Karzai's allegations. "I'm sure he repeated that we are concerned and troubled by what he said," the official said.

"For whatever reason, President Karzai is looking backwards," the official said, "He is focused on something that happened last June, when he needs to be focused on what should be happening over the next few years."

According to the New York Times, Karzai -- who met with President Obama on Sunday -- said this yesterday: "'There is no doubt that the fraud was very widespread, but this fraud was not committed by Afghans, it was committed by foreigners,' Mr. Karzai said. 'This fraud was committed by Galbraith, this fraud was committed by Morillon and this fraud was committed by embassies.' Mr. Karzai was referring to Peter W. Galbraith, the deputy United Nations special representative to Afghanistan at the time of the election and the person who helped reveal the fraud, and Philippe Morillon, the chief election observer for the European Union."

"Later in the speech he accused the Western coalition fighting against the Taliban of being on the verge of becoming invaders — a term usually used by insurgents to refer to American, British and other NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan."

Also, Secretary of State Clinton and Karzai spoke this afternoon about Karzai's remarks. And White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the White House is seeking clarification from Karzai on the seemingly anti-U.S. comments he made.