‘Amer­i­cans not go­ing to leave Afghanistan’

Tehran Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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