Kerry warns of complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – The US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned President Hamid Karzai that all US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan next year, if the bilateral security agreement was not signed by the end of this year. According to reports, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the message through a telephone call to President Hamid Karzai on Friday. The warning by US Secretary of State John Kerry comes a day after president Hamid Karzai told the participants of the grand council (Loya Jirga) that the security pact with Washington will be signed after presidential elections in Afghanistan, khaama reported. However, Kerry said that the unexpected call by President Hamid Karzai to delay the bilateral security agreement between the two nations was unacceptable. Kerry has reportedly toughened the US insistence over the security pact and has asked Afghanistan to approve the deal or risk the withdrawal of all U.S. forces next year. The State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki has said that the delay to enact the agreement is unacceptable, and the Secretary of State John Kerry has told Mr. Karzai that the delay would “make it impossible for the U.S. and allies to plan for a post-2014 presence.”

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