Richard Holbrooke, Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, wants to unify allies at a time when many Europeans sense drift in the war and a lack of clear US policy.
Hillary Clinton is traveling to two places this week – Pakistan and the Middle East – where high-profile special envoys named by Obama have had trouble making progress.
The US needs to take a holistic regional approach.
Amid likely vote fraud, some experts now call for a coalition government or a return to the tribal system to clear the impasse.
The Electoral Complaints Commission says it found evidence of fraud at 10 percent of polling stations. A recount will prolong the country’s political uncertainty.
US envoy Richard Holbrooke said delaying the vote count would benefit the Taliban, while British Foreign Secretary David Miliband urged that allegations of fraud be investigated.
The Paris meeting today was seen as an effort to pressure incumbent President Hamid Karzai amid the review of more than 1,000 complaints of voting fraud.
A new strategy in Afghanistan to combat the opium trade draws on US experience curbing cocaine shipments in Latin America.
The US envoy said it was unclear if the military had defeated the Taliban in the region or simply driven them underground.