Afghanistan-U.S. talks over strategic partnership continues: President Karzai
Talks between the Afghan government and the U.S. government over inking a strategic partnership have been continuing, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said here Tuesday.
"Our talks with the United States of America over strategic partnership have been going on," President Karzai told newsmen at a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski, Xinhua reported.
However, he noted that the Afghan government has conditions before inking the agreement to safeguard its national interests and sovereignty.
He made the remarks amid reported faltering talks between the Afghan government and the U.S. government over the proposed strategic partnership, which if signed would allow the U.S. to keep military bases in Afghanistan.
The Afghan government has categorically stated that Kabul would not sign the agreement unless U.S. forces halt night raid operations and hand over the control of the Bagram detention center to the Afghan side, a condition has yet to be accepted by Washington.
Speaking at the press conference, the Polish President who paid unannounced visit to Afghanistan and is going to visit his troops there, said his government would continue to support Afghanistan after 2014 when the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) evacuates Afghanistan.
More than 2,400 Polish soldiers have been stationed in Afghanistan within the framework of NATO-led ISAF forces to help stabilize the militancy-plagued country.