A deal on missile defense could be part of a 'strategic framework' the presidents plan to sign Sunday, legacies in mind.
Talks began in 2007, a powerful coalition revealed last week. Experts say the move, an effort to undercut the government, could draw Taliban into the political process.
Opposition to Ukraine and Georgia's US-backed membership bids, led by Germany, is widely seen as an effort to preserve Europe's growing energy ties with Moscow.
At the NATO meeting in Romania Thursday, Afghan officials are expected to request money to expand its National Army from 86,000 to 120,000 troops.
His quest for more forces in Afghanistan, headway on continental missile defense may gain ground in Bucharest.
Readers write about the dispute over the name Macedonia.