US optimistic to reach an agreement with Afghans on troops
By Ghanizada - Thu Jul 11 2013, 9:03 pm
A senior US diplomat on Afghanistan on Thursday said that United States belives it will strike a deal with Afghanistan over US troops presence after 2014 when all NATO combat troops leave the country.
James Dobbins, the State Department’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan told Congress on Thursday, the deal will allow some American troops to stay in Afghanistan after NATO ends it’s combat mission in 2014.
He said no Us troops will remain in Afghanistan if United States fails to reach an agreement, however he rule out the negative outcome from the ongoing negotiations with the Afghan officials.
While speaking during a Senate hearing, James Dobbins insisted that Afghans need United States to stay in Afghanistan, and Washington remains committed to stay in Afghanistan.
He also added that Obama administration is committed to a long-term strategic partnership with the Afghans that will allow them to maintain their own security and defeat remnants of al-Qaida or other terrorist groups that might threaten the U.S.