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Afghan president says does not 'trust' U.S.
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_Karzai-warns-initimidation-US-troop-deal_12-13-2013_130139_l.jpgAfghan President Hamid Karzai said in New Delhi on Saturday he no longer "trusts" the United States, accusing the Americans of saying one thing and doing another in his troubled homeland.
 
Karzai's statement to journalists came a day after he insisted he would not be "intimidated" into signing a security pact allowing U.S. troops in Afghanistan to stay on after next year.
 
"I don't trust them," Karzai said in a wide-ranging discussion at a local hotel in which he singled out a letter U.S. President Barack Obama wrote last month assuring him that U.S. forces would "respect" the safety of Afghans in their homes.
 
Karzai was speaking on the second day of a three-day visit to India during which the United States hopes New Delhi can persuade him to sign the troubled troop deal.
 
Karzai, who is due to stand down after elections next year, initially endorsed the so-called Bilateral Security Agreement, or BSA.
 
But he later said the agreement could only be signed after the presidential election in April, warning against a NATO presence if it just meant "more bombs and killings".
 
 
(Source: AFP)
 

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Last Updated on 14 December 2013 16:40