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Afghan official optimistic Karzai will sign U.S. pact: President Hamid Karzai's national security ad... #airforce

Afghan official optimistic Karzai will sign U.S. pact: President Hamid Karzai's national security ad... #airforce

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — President Hamid Karzai’s national security adviser expressed optimism Thursday that the Afghan leader will sign a key U.S. security pact before leaving office this year, a positive sign after weeks of deadlock and anti-American rhetoric from the government. Rangin Dadfar Spanta said there have been recent talks with the U.S. to try to resolve the issue. “We are working very intensively together with the United States authorities to reach and sign this agreement soon,” Spanta said. “I cannot go today into detail, but I don’t know — since two, three, four days, I am more optimistic compared to last week. Let us wait a few days more.” Washington has been frustrated by Karzai’s refusal to sign the pact that would allow some U.S. troops to remain and keep training Afghan soldiers after the planned withdrawal of most troops by the end of this year. Without t...

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