Afghan president says does not 'trust' US

Karzai's statement came a day after he insisted he would not be 'intimidated' into signing a security pact.


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Afghan President Hamid Karzai. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

NEW DELHI: Visiting Afghan 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 US 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 US President Barack Obama wrote last month assuring him that US 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".

His stance has outraged US officials and lawmakers, who have threatened a complete forces pullout if Karzai does not sign by the end of the year.

"When Obama writes to me that he will respect homes, they should prove it... implement the letter, respect Afghan homes," Karzai said.

"Just instruct no more bombings and there will be no more bombings and of course launch the peace process publicly and officially," he said.

"I am trying to make it a win-win for all," he said.

Karzai met Friday with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and foreign minister Kapil Sibal.

India has consistently pledged to do all it can to promote stability in Afghanistan.

On his last visit to New Delhi in May, Karzai said he had put forward a "wishlist" of military assistance he hoped Delhi could deliver on.

India's foreign ministry has declined to detail the list's contents, but local media reports said it included light and heavy artillery, aircraft, and small arms and ammunition.

Karzai said he was "very satisfied" with the help India is offering Afghanistan but would not disclose its nature.

"India is not shying away from providing assistance to Afghanistan" but "in terms of India's support to Afghanistan in military equipment and training, the facts are much better than you hear in the press."

COMMENTS (6)

antanu | 7 years ago | Reply

still you decided to be come a stooge of US for over 10 years.

Rex Minor | 7 years ago | Reply

If only the current American administration would kno how sensitive the Pashtuns are when told lies? What Mr Karzai has found out about the current American administration telling fibs after more than a decade association, has also been very recently experienced by the German Chancellor as well in the NSA affair!!! For over a decade the German chancellor Mrs Merkel mobile phone was tapped, by the NSA, then denied by Mr Obama personaly during his visit to Berlin and later assurance was given that it will not be tapped in future.

Rex Minor

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