United States gives Karzai year-end deadline for crucial deal
Hamid Shalizi and Jessica DonatiKABUL (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai triggered uncertainty about a vital security pact with the United States on Thursday by saying it should not be signed until after Afghanistan's presidential election next April, prompting the White House to insist on a year-end deadline.
Karzai's surprise move, which came just a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the pact's language had been agreed upon, suddenly threw its future into question and seemed certain to reignite tensions with Washington.
The Afghan leader spoke to about 2,500 tribal elders and political leaders from across Afghanistan gathered in the capital for a Loya Jirga, or grand council, to debate whether to allow U.S. troops to stay after the planned 2014 drawdown of foreign forces.
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"United States gives Karzai year-end deadline for crucial deal ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2013. Consulté le 21/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/united-states-gives-karzai-year-end-deadline-for-crucial-deal-