Karzai wants to hold off on signing security death with US

Nov 21, 2013 7:42 AM

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai is telling a gathering of elders that if they and parliament approve a security deal with the U.S., he'll hold off on signing it until after next spring's elections.

Such a development could be a deal breaker for the U.S., which says it wants an agreement as soon as possible.

The deal is to have U.S. soldiers stay in Afghanistan to assist and train Afghan forces after NATO forces pull out in 2014.

President Barack Obama has written a letter to Karzai, saying the U.S. will continue to respect "Afghan sovereignty" under a new security agreement.

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