White House urges Karzai to sign security agreement

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Nov 21, 2013 3:15 PM
The White House cautiously urged President Hamid Karzai to sign a security agreement as soon as possible after he appeared to balk early Thursday, arguing that it is in the best interest of the Afghan people and U.S. national security interests. “It's important for the Afghan government to get this approved and signed by the end of the year,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday. “The United States needs to coordinate [with its allies and the Afghans] on what our post-2014 presence would like.” Early Thursday Afghan President Hamid Karzai surprised officials on both sides who are involved in finalizing the deal by saying that because of “mistrust” between him and Washington, any agreement would have to wait until his successor is elected.