Karzai rare offered support by Taliban for delaying US security deal

KABUL: (MEP) – The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan offered a rare support for his decision to delay the bilateral security agreement with United States.

Taliban in its statement urged President Hamid Karzai to abandon all the conditions and reject the bilateral security agreement between the two nations.

“It appears that the Kabul administration has realized the truth after Hamid Karzai expressed conditionally opposed with the signing of the bilateral security agreement with Washington,” Taliban said in its statement.

The statement further added that it is clear that the Afghan nation has never agreed with the presence of occupation forces in its soil.

Taliban also added that the main reason behind growing violence in Afghanistan was due to the presence of occupation forces, and urged president Karzai to prevent from signing the agreement, in a bid to put an end to nearly 3 decades of war and violence in the country.

This comes as the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington was approved by majority during a national consultative Jirga late last month, and the Afghan elders urged president Karzai to sign the agreement without any delay.

However President Hamid Karzai has set preconditions including immediate halt of all raids on Afghan homes and release of prisoners from Guantanamo to sign the agreement.

But US officials insist that the agreement should be signed by the end of the year, to allow planning for a post-2014 presence in Afghanistan. Though the number of troops to remain in Afghanistan has not been formally announced, however reports suggest that US might keep 8,000 to 10,000 troops besides a smaller number of troops from NATO allies.

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