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Afghan President sets four conditions for security deal with US

Other News Materials 17 September 2013 17:09
Afghan President Hamid Karzai set out “four major conditions” for the ongoing talks about a bilateral security agreement with the United States that will determine the presence of US forces after 2014
Afghan President sets four conditions for security deal with US

Afghan President Hamid Karzai set out "four major conditions" for the ongoing talks about a bilateral security agreement with the United States that will determine the presence of US forces after 2014, dpa reported.

His conditions comprised security in Afghanistan, empowering and equipping Afghan national security forces, strengthening the economy, and respecting national integrity.

"The agreement will not be accepted by the people of Afghanistan if our security is not guaranteed," Karzai said.

Afghan and US officials started talks on the bilateral security agreement last year, but have not been able to finalize the deal.

The agreement will determine how many troops stay in the country, as well as their roles, from 2014. The NATO-led troops end their combat roles next year.

Karzai earlier said that he would call a grand meeting of tribal elders and politicians to discuss the agreement, while US President, Barack Obama has given a deadline of October to finalize the deal.

"The US is in a hurry in this regard, but we are not going to hurry because we are working on the quality of the agreement, not the time," Karzai said.

"If we do not reach an agreement, the US could wait for the next government and the next president will sign it."

Karzai's term ends next year. The presidential election slated for April 5.

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