Washington, Jan 14: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has expressed confidence that the Afghan people will accept America’s demand for immunity for the US troops left in place there after the 2014 withdrawal.
Karzai had earlier stated that he would take the issue to his people, but now he has said that immunity is likely to become a reality.
According to CNN, Karzai assured with ‘relatively good confidence’ that people of his country would say ‘its alright to do so’.
At the press conference, Obama had said that he stressed to Karzai that “the US already has arrangements like this with countries all around the world, and nowhere does the U.S. have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops.”
In the final stages of the U.S. intervention in Iraq, President Obama was unable to obtain a similar agreement, propelling him to withdraw all U.S. forces from that country in December 2011.
According to the report, Karzai rejected the notion that has been floated that the U.S. might leave “zero troops” in Afghanistan after the pullout is completed at the end of 2014.
He saidthat Afghans need some type of U.S. presence for “broader security and stability” after the withdrawal.
For that reason, Karzai believes Afghans will have to grant the U.S. troops left there immunity, the report said. (ANI)