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Afghanistan Plans Cooperation Pact with Iran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) speaks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during their meeting at Tehran's Saadabad Palace Dec. 8, 2013.Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) speaks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during their meeting at Tehran's Saadabad Palace Dec. 8, 2013.
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) speaks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during their meeting at Tehran's Saadabad Palace Dec. 8, 2013.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) speaks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during their meeting at Tehran's Saadabad Palace Dec. 8, 2013.
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An Afghan official says President Hamid Karzai agreed to pursue a cooperation pact with Iran.
 
Karzai discussed the deal with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a visit to Tehran Sunday, while the U.S. defense secretary was wrapping up a visit to Afghanistan. Karzai has delayed signing a security agreement with the United States that would determine the future of U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
 
Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for the Afghan leader, told the Reuters news agency that Afghanistan had agreed to a long-term friendship and cooperation pact with Iran. He said the pact would cover "long-term political, security, economic and cultural cooperation, regional peace and security."
 
Faizi said a formal document would be prepared and signed soon.
 
The meeting between the Afghan and Iranian presidents came shortly after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel arrived in Kabul. Hagel said he was told by the Afghan Defense Minister that a U.S.-Afghan security pact would be signed in a "timely manner" despite Karzai's reluctance.
 
The Iranian government has said it supports Karzai's position and has urged Afghanistan not to sign the proposed agreement.

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by: Marcia from: USA
December 08, 2013 11:05 PM
"ah ah ah let me be clear.." - yeah... Obama really knows what the hell he is doing... change and hope... LOL - Yes we can... - idiots!!


by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
December 08, 2013 6:18 PM
The cat comes out of the bag. No wonder why President Hamid Karzi of Afghanistan is not signing the deal for stationing US troops beyond 2014, in spite of the Jirga, which he called in, recommended to sign the deal with US as soon as possible before waiting for the election results of Afghanistan in 2014. Karzai is lining up with Iran as an ally after the US troops leave Afghanistan in 2014, changing Afghanistan as a puppet of Iran. The US has to take care of Karzai before he embraces Iran. Otherwise Taliban will take over or Iran will get entrenched in Iran as they did in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Gaza Strip. The alternative for the US troops may be to remain in Afghanistan with or without the permission of Karzai. For this approach both Karzai and Obama are unwilling, turning all the US sacrifices in Afghanistan for a decade a waste of lives and trillions of dollars. Did the U.S. troops go with the permission of Afghan government? Does the U.S. government need Afghan permission to stay there?

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