News / Asia

US Says Afghanistan's Karzai Seeks New Security Deal Conditions

File - Afghan President Hamid Karzai pictured on June 18, 2013.
File - Afghan President Hamid Karzai pictured on June 18, 2013.
Reuters
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, proposed new terms for a deal governing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he is in no hurry to sign the accord, the White House said on Monday.
       
"President Karzai outlined new conditions for signing the agreement and indicated he is not prepared to sign the BSA promptly,'' the White House said in a readout of the meeting between the two officials.

Karzai has persistently raised questions about the pact, which would enable U.S. troops to operate in the country beyond next year. An assembly of Afghan elders on Sunday endorsed the deal and advised Karzai to sign it promptly.

However, the Afghan president said he would not sign it until after a presidential election due in April. There should be peace in Afghanistan before the deal is signed, he said.

In Kabul, Karzai's spokesman said the Afghan president wanted to the United States to halt all military operations on civilians' homes and return Afghan citizens held in the Guantanamo prison camp before the pact is signed.

File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
x
File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
File - U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
Rice, who made a three-day visit to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops, told Karzai it is "not viable'' to defer signing the deal until after the election, the White House said.

"It would not provide the United States and NATO allies the clarity necessary to plan for a potential post-2014 military presence,'' she said.

"Without a prompt signature, the U.S. would have no choice but to initiate planning for a post-2014 future in which there would be no U.S. or NATO troop presence in Afghanistan,'' she added.

U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001.

You May Like

Photogallery Early Nigeria Results Show Buhari Leading; Tampering Concerns Mount

One local group monitoring polls is concerned politicians might use security agencies to 'fiddle with the election collation process' at state level More

UN: 7,300 Civilians Killed in Boko Haram Insurgency

A senior UN humanitarian official tells the United Nations Security Council 1,000 people have been killed this year More

Turkish President Warns Iran About Trying to Dominate Middle East

Warning comes amid growing concerns inside Turkey that it will be sucked into a sectarian conflict with its neighbor More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
 Previous    
by: Nikluss6 from: absecon
November 26, 2013 4:11 AM
How the hell did condy rice become Obamas security advisor?Obama is the greatest disappointment ever.Not one of his promises came true.Guantanamo=still open.Troops still in Iraq and Afghanistan. The healthcare bill is a lottery win for the insurance companies who we now must patronize by law.Might as well have left George bush in office.
In Response

by: Nikluss6.1 from: absecon
November 26, 2013 9:46 AM
Susan Rice is not Condy Rice.
In Response

by: 11oecn from: knoxville
November 26, 2013 9:24 AM
Check that
comment Susan Rice is not Condie Rice. Bush's Rice v Obama's Rice

by: bee farms from: oregon
November 26, 2013 4:10 AM
President Obama is right. I am a republican, and i still say Obama is right. Because the truth is that majority of average American citizens want peace & human rights for ALL the MidEast -- not just Israel -- and no more wars --for ALL the citizens of the MidEast regardless of religion or nationality.
Most Americans feel Israel has used America. It is time for friendship with ALL the Mideast. Obama is right. Diplomacy is what everyone should want. Americans are against wars. Average American wants peace, good will, and human rights for ALL people regardless of religion or politics.that is the REAL truth.
In Response

by: American from: United States
November 26, 2013 9:59 AM
Usually when someone prefaces their statement with, "I am a republican/democrat", they are in fact the opposite. Either way, I think it is quite arrogant to make statements for the "majority" of Americans when your statement reeks of self importance. There are several different opinions on how Obama has engaged the Israelis. Some could even say that he has turned his back on them...reduced a once staunch ally to continuously question our support and intentions with international dealings.

Do most Americans want peace and friendship with the Middle East? There might be an argument for that; however, I think the fundamental differences between culture are the causes of friction...not lack of hope and diplomacy. I do think you are correct in generalizing that the average American wants peace, good will and human rights for all people; however, your statement falls flat at "regardless of religion or politics". This president has proven that he doesn't want to promote the rights of ALL, just his constitutes.

Who are we do dictate how others throughout the world should interact when we cannot even keep our house in order? This administration has made America look like the biggest hypocrisy in history.
In Response

by: Concerned Citizen from: Earth
November 26, 2013 9:41 AM
There will NEVER BE PEACE in the middle east, those people are NEVER happy ABOUT ANYTHING, there will ALWAYS be something for one of the countries and the people in that country to find wrong for their unhappiness instead of having the mentality to try to improve things for themselves it's easier to riot and blow shit up because they're SCUMBAG MORONS that NEED to be "REMOVED" from the planet an continue to be removed until the responsible parties GET IT and realize the rest of the world does not want them!

by: lklem from: Iowa
November 26, 2013 1:06 AM
President Karzai government is VERY CORRUPT and is full of child molesters. They can be found anywhere, especially in the Police ranks. Where certain Police Chiefs have their toy boys and it is sad that the Allies turn their back on this. The only reason Karzai wants the allies and the United States is to bilk us out of our monies and line the pockets of his families and their cronies. The Obama Administration will not even give a father the reason and full story of his son's death at the hands of one of the of the toy boys of a Police Chief.

It is all covered up and that is not all. Obama is gutting the flag officer ranks of our military if they dare say anything against him especially concerning Benghazi. He finds anything to force them out. He even uses his power when an insurance commissioners in Washington DC disagrees with him. He has him forced out. It was so funny that he was heckled today in California. In a was Obama is like Karzai, neither one can be trusted.

by: jess from: Columbia, Mo
November 25, 2013 10:35 PM
What is wrong with letting Afghans shape their own future?

Bring the troops home now!
In Response

by: ali baba from: new york
November 26, 2013 3:00 AM
afghan has no future. this is a country that have several mountain that isolated the country into a small local community .these is community is ruin by elder who is criminal . this elder control opiate business. they impose their rule which is similar to stone age rule. they kidnapped children especially male child and use it as a sex slave for the pleasure of that elder. all this negations to fool a national security advisor which have a history of poor judgment. the whole purpose is get money in their pocket. We loose over trillion dollars on this country and if this money is used to overhaul social security, we have a strong social security .the current social security is about to collapse . we have enough deception and liar from kazal and continue use his excellent skill to get money and it is a game

by: Larry Klemesrud from: Iowa
November 25, 2013 10:19 PM
President Karzai, his government, his family and corrupt and all they want is to bilk the United States out of money. Furthermore, they have Child Molester and Terrorist within their military and police. It is common knowledge and it is all being covered up by the Obama Administration. American lives have been lost because lax protection of classified information and the cover up of the corruption and greed within the President Karzai Government. It is time that we TOTALLY pull out of Afghanistan but we are being held their by big industry and the MORON that really run the Obama Administration.
Comments page of 2
 Previous    

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadistsi
X
Greg Flakus
March 30, 2015 6:48 PM
At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
Video

Video Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadists

At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
Video

Video With Coalition Airstrikes, Iraq Entering 'Last Page' of IS Battle

American warplanes joined Iraq's battle against the so-called 'Islamic State' in northern Iraq late Wednesday, as Iraqi ground troops launched a massive assault on Tikrit. Analysts say the offensive could take the coalition a step further towards Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State forces. Others say it could also deepen already-dangerous sectarian tensions in the region. VOA's Heather Murdock has more from Cairo.
Video

Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
Video

Video Civilian Casualties Push Men to Join Rebels in Ukraine

The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and the shelling of civilian neighborhoods seem to be pushing more men to join the separatist fighters. Many of the new recruits are residents of Ukraine made bitter by new grievances, as well as old. VOA's Patrick Wells reports.
Video

Video Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regret

Islamic State fighter, a prisoner of Kurdish YPG forces, asked his family asking for forgiveness: "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me." The Syrian youth was one of two detainees who spoke to VOA’s Kurdish Service about the path they chose; their names have been changed and identifying details obscured. VOA's Zana Omer reports.
Video

Video Germanwings Findings Raise Issue of Psychological Testing for Pilots

More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.
Video

Video Hi-tech Motorbike Helmet's Goal: Improve Road Safety

In cities with heavily congested traffic, people can get around much faster on a motorcycle than in a car. But a rider who is not sure of his route may have to stop to look at the map or consult a GPS. A Russian start-up company is working to make navigation easier for motorcyclists. Designers at Moscow-based LiveMap are developing a smart helmet with a built-in navigation system, head-mounted display and voice recognition. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video DOJ: Illinois National Guard Soldier Tried to Join ISIS

U.S. federal law enforcement agents arrested two suburban Chicago men accused of trying to join ISIS overseas, while also plotting attacks in the United States. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, one of those arrested is a soldier of the Illinois National Guard.
Video

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Traditional push-rim wheelchairs create a lot of stress for arm, shoulder and neck muscles and joints. A redesigned chair, based on readily available bicycle technology, radically increases mobility while reducing the physical effort. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.

VOA Blogs

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More