Afghan President Hamid Karzai can designate someone to sign the accord for U.S. forces to remain in his country after 2014 if he doesn’t want to put his own name on it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
NATO pushed Afghanistan to agree to a scaled-back international troop presence after the withdrawal of all combat forces at the end of 2014, warning that the alternative would be a complete pullout that leaves the country at the mercy of a reinvigorated Taliban.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif heads to Afghanistan tomorrow to discuss security issues with President Hamid Karzai, whose reluctance to sign a pact to retain U.S. troops beyond 2014 has stoked concern in the region.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s expanding list of demands before he’ll sign an agreement for U.S. forces to stay in his country is testing the Obama administration’s patience and risking blunders by each side.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai continued to resist U.S. demands to sign a security accord before April presidential elections, as U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice traveled to Afghanistan to meet with him.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s demand to delay the signing of a security pact with the U.S. until after April’s presidential vote is unacceptable and will harm the country, the head of a council of tribal elders said.