Afghanistan's Karzai rejects elders' advice to back U.S. deal quickly




 
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Afghanistan's Karzai rejects elders' advice to back U.S. deal quickly
 
November 24th, 2013  
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Afghanistan's Karzai rejects elders' advice to back U.S. deal quickly
By Hamid Shalizi and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - An assembly of Afghan elders endorsed a crucial security deal on Sunday to enable U.S. troops to operate in the country beyond next year, but President Hamid Karzai left the matter up in the air by refusing to say whether he would sign it into law. The gathering, known as the Loya Jirga, had been convened by the president to debate the pact which outlines the legal terms of continued U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. It voted in favor and advised Karzai sign it promptly. But Karzai, in his final remarks to the four-day meeting, said he would not sign it until after a presidential election due next April.




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