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Karzai due in Tehran today
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_Hamid_Karzai_in_2006(1).jpgTEHRAN – Afghan President Hamid Karzai is due to arrive in Tehran today to meet with President Hassan Rouhani and other high-ranking Iranian officials.
According to the Mehr News Agency, the Afghan president’s visit to Iran is meant to help improve ties between the two countries. 
Some analysts have speculated that the security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States will be discussed during Karzai’s visit. 
On October 12, Washington and Kabul agreed on a draft security deal that would keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan after 2014.
In a series of public statements, Karzai has insisted that he may wait until next year to decide on the matter, even though the U.S. administration is pressing him to sign the security agreement by the end of year. If he does not, administration officials say, they will begin preparations for withdrawing all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year, according to the Washington Post.

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