December 23, 2014

Karzai rules out security challenges following NATO pull out

By Sajad - Tue Dec 18 2012, 4:19 pm

KarzaiAfghan president Hamid Karzai on Tuesday ruled out any security vacuum or challenges following international coalition security forces immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.

While speaking during a joint press conference with his German counterpart in capital Kabul president Karzai said Afghanistan welcomes all positive steps for the implementation of peace process.

Karzai said, unless it is not specified that the summits based on peace has any other motive, we support such summits but if we find out that summits under the name of peace has any other motive or if we become doubtful that such summits organized with no motive to bring peace in Afghanistan then we will decide and discuss on it accordingly.

German President Joachim Gauck told reporters that Afghanistan had major achievements during the past years and Germany remains committed to support Afghanistan after 2014.

Germany is the third largest contributor of troops in Afghanistan after United States and United Kingdom.

This comes as president Karzai in his speech to Afghan ambassadors and general consuls said U.S. and NATO troops transferring security to Afghan forces should leave Afghan villages as soon as possible.

Karzai spoke Saturday on the opening day of a conference to develop Afghanistan’s foreign policy strategy for the next three years.

He said Afghan security forces will take security lead in entire nation by 2013 while international forces will end their combat mission at the end of 2014.

President Karzai said it will be better for Afghanistan as soon as the transition process is completed.

He says he wants the international troops to leave Afghan villages, draw back to their bases and slowly withdraw from there.

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