Afghan President Hamid Karzai Doesn’t Trust The U.S. And The Feeling Might Be Mutual…

Hamid Karzai

As the U.S and Afghanistan try to hammer out a new post-2014 security deal, President Hamid Karzai tells tribal leaders that he does not trust the United States.

Afghan elders, also known as the Loya Jirga, are currently debating the new security pact, which outlines a broad, long term relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan. If the deal is passed, it would commit the U.S. to training Afghan security forces, allowing 10,000 – 15,000 foreign troops – mostly U.S. – to remain in the country post 2014. Under the proposed pact the remaining US troops would not operate in combat missions and would no longer be allowed to enter the homes of Afghans – with some exceptions.

Hamid Karzai urged the delegates to approve the new security deal, which he believes would provide the security Afghanistan needs. But Karzai also told the elders that there was a lack of trust between him and the Americans.

My trust with America is not good,” Hamid Karzai said at a meeting of tribal elders and political leaders in Kabul. “I don’t trust them and they don’t trust me. During the past 10 years, I have fought with them and they have made propaganda against me.”

Despite his lack of trust, Karzai also stressed the importance of strategic ties with Washington.

We need a good friend in the U.S. You cannot live in this global village without a friend – but you need to have a strong, faithful friend.”

Enough with the mixed messages Karzai!

Karzai said the pact would not be signed until after 2014 elections but the United States wants Afghanistan to hurry it up.

State department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “We believe that signing sooner rather than later is essential to give Afghans certainty about their future before the upcoming elections, and enable the United States and other partners to plan for US presence after 2014.

“It is neither practical nor possible for us to further delay because of the uncertainty it would create.”

If the Loya Jirga delegates does accept the pact, it still needs to be approved by both the U.S. and Afghan administrations. But given the weak job Karzai is doing trying to sell this thing, speed might be the least of America’s problems.

Via: NBC News

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