Asian countries encouraged Karzai to sign US-Afghan pact: Dobbins

2013-12-11 03:35:34 | Al Muslim News
Asian countries encouraged Karzai to sign US-Afghan pact: Dobbins


A senior US official has said that Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, and President of Russia Vladimir Putin are among the asian leaders who have encouraged Afghan President Karzai to sign Afghan US security agreement. Testifying before a Senate committee, James Dobbins, the US Special Representative on Afghanistan & Pakistan voiced confidence that Afghanistan would eventually complete an agreement for some 12,000 US troops to stay after 2014, despite Karzai's insistence that he will leave the decision to his successor. He said that regional powers except Iran had encouraged Afghan President to sign the security deal, which would authorize US troops to keep training Afghan forces after official withdrawal of combat forces who were sent in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks. "Some of these leaders are not in the favour of an American military presence in Central Asia, but they have recognized that without continued international military and economic support, Afghanistan would maybe fallen back into a civil war," Dobbins said..

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