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Karzai says goodbye with a final jibe at U.S

(Last Updated On: September 24, 2014 10:06 am)

hamid_karzai_2012_1_92Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai said goodbye to government officials and used his farewell speech to take a parting shot at the United States, accusing Washington of waging a war against Taliban insurgents for its own ends.
“This is not our war, it is a foreigners’ war — it is based on their goals,” Karzai told government officials as he bid them goodbye at the presidential palace in Kabul.
The only president Afghanistan has known since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion said the United States wanted war in Afghanistan “because of its own interests.”
He has often criticized the US military campaign that has struggled to defeat the Islamist insurgency that engulfed the country.
“My advice to the next government is to be very careful with America and the West. We can be friends with them, but we want equal benefits,” Karzai added.
Karzai’s relationship with Washington plunged to a new low last year when he decided not to sign a bilateral security agreement (BSA) to allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond this year on a training and support mission.
Karzai, 56, has said he will live as an ordinary citizen in Kabul with his family when he retires, and will offer advice to the government only if asked.

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