Delaying the pullout of American troops would make no difference in Afghanistan: Obama

(Last Updated On: August 20, 2014)

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Barack Obama, President of the United State has said that delaying the pullout of American troops from Afghanistan would make no difference there as long as the country did not overcome its political rifts.

Mr. Obama’s comments were particularly pointed, given that Afghanistan’s leadership has been paralyzed for months after a disputed election to replace President Hamid Karzai.

A senior American official said, “People have said, ‘Doesn’t this show that you should never take the troops out of Afghanistan?’ ” “He said to response ‘No, it actually points to the imperative of having political accommodation. There’s a limit to what we can achieve absent a political process.’ ”

Meanwhile, NATO secretary general, Andres Fogh Rasmussen said that signing the security accord Kabul-Washington and between Kabul-NATO for the training mission is a precondition.

However, Rasmussen assured that the security accord will be signed but he warned that if the security agreement not signed, cancelation of the NATO’s training mission will be an option.

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