In a repeat of American the Iraqi withdrawal talks….
Hamid Karzai, The Afghan President is coming to the President with his hand out for money and the President wants immunity for US Troops operating in the country……
The Iraqi’s said no …..
Karzai actually WANTS US troops staying after 2014….
Photo….Of American and Afghan Troops…..Photo…articles.nydailynews.com
Immunity from prosecution for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan by that nation’s government and control over the detention of Afghan suspects may be the top issues when President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet in Washington next month.
“The question of immunity for U.S. troops is of tremendous importance to the U.S.,” Karzai said at a news conference in Kabul today after meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. “We in Afghanistan have certain important issues as well,” including “question of detentions and taking of detainees that directly touch on Afghan sovereignty.”
Panetta today said Karzai had accepted Obama’s invitation to visit Washington during the week of Jan. 7. The U.S. and Afghanistan are attempting to negotiate a “status of forces agreement” for an American military contingent to provide air support, training and other assistance after 2014, when Obama has pledged to remove most of the 66,000 U.S. forces now in the country.
The U.S. pulled its remaining troops out of Iraq last year after failing to reach an accord on immunity.
Before “I can go to the Afghan people and speak on the subject of U.S. troops’ immunity,” Karzai said today, he needs agreement in a continuing dispute over whether the U.S. can hold Afghan suspects as well as assurances that the U.S. will protect Afghanistan’s interests in the region and help build its military forces…..