American Forces Press Service
Biden is scheduled to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, to speak to
service members and civilians, and to visit an Afghan army training center. U.S.
This is Biden's first trip to
as vice president. He was greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry; Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top Afghanistan and NATO military commander in U.S. ; and three Afghan officials. Afghanistan
A White House official said the vice president will assess progress toward the transition to Afghan-led security and to demonstrate
commitment to a long-term partnership with U.S. . He also will meet with Petraeus and Eikenberry to get an "update from them on the situation on the ground," the official added. Afghanistan
Biden and Karzai are scheduled to have lunch together during the trip, and are scheduled to participate in an expanded meeting with officials from both countries.
Biden last visited
in 2009 as vice president-elect. Afghanistan