US, Afghans still split on long-term bases, troops

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Posted: Sep 08, 2011 10:16 AM
US, Afghans still split on long-term bases, troops

Senior U.S. and Afghan officials are holding two days of talks in Washington to continue work on an agreement that would govern relations between the countries after U.S. forces pull out. The two sides remain split over terms for U.S. use of bases in Afghanistan after 2014.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Afghanistan's national security adviser meet Thursday, and lower-level officials are gathering at the White House and State Department.

The aim is to produce a strategic partnership document that will lay out the scope and scale of long-term cooperation. The State Department says the framework will reaffirm shared values and a commitment to a stable, independent Afghanistan that is not a haven for extremists.