‘Americans not going to leave Afghanistan’
TEHRAN — Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai believes Americans are not going to leave Afghanistan, despite the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces from the war-torn country.
Addressing the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, Karzai said Americans are discussing military bases with the Taliban during their talks and that he believes that the U.S. forces are not going to bid adieu to Afghanistan.
“I am among those who believe that Americans are not going to leave Afghanistan,” Karzai said when he was asked about the possible withdrawal of a “significant” number of US forces from Afghanistan.
Taking an indirect dig at direct talks between the U.S. and Taliban, the former Afghan President said the peace process will not succeed if it is not fully Afghan-led and that if it does not enjoy support from the neighboring countries and the region.
He maintained that the Afghan peace should be achieved through Afghan-led efforts not through a deal between the United States and Pakistan.
“We don’t want a deal between the United States and Pakistan on Afghanistan, but we do want a peace process in which Pakistan and U.S. play an important role, including India, Russia and China and Iran,” Karzai said.