Three leaders from two of the most tumultuous regions in the world are hand-shaking and photo-oping their way through Washington Tuesday, as part of a packed schedule aimed at clearing a path to peace and figuring out how to neutralize the intractable threats facing their countries.
Israeli President Shimon Peres plans to meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House this afternoon.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will speak on Afghanistan development at the Brookings Institution before getting his picture taken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will meet with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon after the committee holds a hearing on the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. The heads of Afghanistan and Pakistan will meet jointly with Obama Wednesday to discuss the common challenges in their countries.