President Karzai meets US lawmakers in Washington
By Mirwais Adeel - Thu Jan 10 2013, 11:05 am
The discussions also reportedly focused on the number of the US troops that will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
Private talks were reportedly organized between Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Senate Republican Party leader Mitch McConnell and members of the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees.
In the meantime Afghan president Hamid Karzai is due to visit with the US president Barack Obama on Friday to discuss the related issues however officials are saying that the two leaders will not decide on troops level in Afghanistan.
Ben Rhodes US Deputy national Security Adviser confirming the report said it cannot be excluded that Washington could decide not to keep any troops in Afghanistan.
U.S. and international forces anticipate ending combat missions in Afghanistan this year, before moving to a training role with local forces until the end of 2014.
The Afghan leader has expressed support for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan but sensitive details — including immunity for American soldiers and the transfer of detainees into Afghan custody — are still under negotiation.
In the meantime Washington officials have reportedly said the White House is seeking a post-2014 presence of between 3,000 and 9,000 troops, which is significantly less than the 6,000 to 15,000 number given by the top commander, US General John Allen.