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Interference of regional intelligence agencies continues: Karzai

Fri May 04, 1:13 pm

The long-term strategic cooperation agreement between United States and Afghanistan has been signed on the basis of mutual respect for each other, President Hamid Karzai said.

While speaking on his first press conference after the signing of strategic pact with the US, President Hamid Karzai said, “The arbitrary searches of homes, launching of special operations, the existence of foreign detention centers and some other issues had caused tension between US and Afghanistan”.

In addition, he said that the nationalization of these issues were one of the preconditions of Afghan government to sign the strategic cooperation agreement, which has eventually accepted by the US government.

The strategic cooperation agreement with the US includes the avoidance of any foreign interference in Afghanistan’s electoral process, President Karzai said.

He also said that he had talked with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami before signing the strategic pact with the United States.

Meanwhile, he once more called all armed Taliban and other militants to renounce violence and join the Afghan peace process.

While speaking about Afghanistan faithfulness towards neighboring countries, President Karzai said, “After signing the strategic pact with US, the interference of regional intelligence institutions, to destabilize Afghanistan, will not reduce our resolve”.

He also reported about the signing of security strategic agreement with the US in future and all security issues between both countries will be set in the context of this contract.

According to President Karzai, with the signing of this treaty, Afghanistan has become the largest strategic partner of the US that does not have NATO membership.

In addition, he said that the US and NATO will support Afghanistan in case of potential invasion of any foreign country.

According to President Karzai, all government parallel institutions, including PRT will be closed after 2014 and the US and international community will assist an amount of 4.1 billion dollars to Afghanistan annually.

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