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Americans Are Not Going to Leave Afghanistan: Karzai

NEW DELHI – Former President Hamid Karzai says Americans are discussing military bases with the Taliban during their talks and that he believes that the United States forces are not going to leave Afghanistan.
A deal between the Americans and Taliban cannot be equated with peace in the war-torn country and true stability can only be ushered in through an intra-Afghan dialogue, former president Hamid Karzai said on Thursday.
The Afghans have welcomed the US move to appoint Zalmay Khalilzad as special representative for Afghan reconciliation because he is an Afghan, but four conditions must be met for this process to succeed, he said.
An Afghan-led peace process is one in which the Taliban and other Afghans “sit together in an intra-Afghan dialogue and sort out the difficulties we have within our country”, said Karzai, who was president during 2001-14.
Talking to the Taliban is “inevitable” as they are Afghans and sons of the soil, he said.
Karzai added he believes the US is not going to leave Afghanistan because the two countries have a bilateral security agreement, which has also been the basis of American contacts with the Taliban.
(Sahar News)

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