The US President Barack Obama had a “very productive” meeting with the Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, the White House has said.
This was their first meeting after Mr. McChrystal recently submitted his assessment report on the current situation in Afghanistan.
“The President thought the meeting was very productive, an extension of the meetings that have been had thus far as we reassess and re-evaluate moving forward in Afghanistan,” the White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, said about the 25-minute meeting, which was held on Air Force One in Copenhagen before Mr. Obama left for Washington.
Mr. Obama had made an overnight trip to Copenhagen to push for Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which was bagged by Rio de Janerio. McChrystal flew in from London where he was to deliver a lecture.
“The President has selected General McChrystal because of his ability and his leadership and I think after having seen him again, it simply underscored the fact that -- many of the reasons why he picked him,” Gibbs said.
“They both agree that this is a helpful process. General McChrystal expects that the President and others are going to ask him questions about the assessment that he’s made and that we’re going to ask questions of our diplomatic side, of our intelligence side, and of all of those involved in this to get the best strategy for success in Afghanistan,” he said.