Kabul must stay focused on post-2014 pact: US
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States and Afghanistan are moving forward with a deal to let US forces stay beyond 2014 to fight Al-Qaeda remnants, a US official said on Monday, urging Kabul to stay focused to conclude the accord this month.
"We've made progress, but these kind of negotiations are complex with any country, as we know, from sort of the technical to the tough security issues," deputy State Department spokesman Marie Harf said.
"We always expected there would be sticking points and bumps in the road that needed to be resolved at a high level at some point in the process." Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that while the two sides were approaching a deal, he was still not satisfied.
Any accord had to provide Afghanistan with guarantees and preserve the interests of the Afghan people, he told a press conference.