US senator wants new Afghan leader to sign BSA

KABUL: (MEP) – An important US senator has suggested that Washington should wait until a new Afghan leader takes office earlier next year to sign the bilateral security agreement between the two nations.

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin, in his letter to president Barack Obama said that insistence by Obama administration to sign the agreement by the end of the year adds to what he term “mistaken belief” that Washington needs the pact more than Kabul, Reuters reported.

Levin said that president Karzai should be told that Washington will wait for whoever is elected Afghanistan’s new president in April next year to sign the agreement.

“The next Afghan president, whoever he is, is also likely to be more reliable than President Karzai, and there would be greater confidence in his sticking with an agreement he has signed,” the Michigan Democrat wrote, khaama reported.

The Obama administration insist that the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington should be signed by the end of 2012, however president Hamid Karzai has set demands for the signing of the agreement.

President Hamid Karzai says that coalition security forces should stop raids on Afghan homes and villages, and practical steps should be taken towards Afghan peace process.

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