Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Karzai's comments aim to "correct" ties with US

Karzai's comments aim to "correct" ties with US

Mar 14, 2013 - 22:11

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): As the top US commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon warned western troops to be on high alert following a string of President Hamid Karzai anti-American rhetoric, the Karzai office on Thursday clarified his remarks were aimed to "correct" rather than damage relations with the US.

"The president called the United States a friend and strategic partner of Afghanistan and said his recent comments... had been to correct rather than damage this relationship," a statement from his office said.

It said Karzai meant both countries were in a critical stage of relations. "Therefore it is natural that each side tries to stand for and focus on its national interests."

The statement quoted the President as telling an open jirgainfo-icon at the Presidential Palace that among the causes of tension were a dispute over detainees held by the United States and civilian casualties in NATOinfo-icon military operations.

"We want a good relationship with America, we want friendship, but friendship between two sovereign nations," Karzai told the audience of invited guests and government officials.

Karzai's allegation of collusion provoked fury among US officials, prompting the US top commander in Afghanistan to warn Western troops that Karzai's comments put their lives in danger.

A leaked, confidential memo sent by General Joseph Dunford to officers in Afghanistan said recent comments by Karzai could be “a catalyst for some to lash out against our forces.”

Dunford said Karzai’s “inflammatory speech” about the controversial Bagram Prison could prompt members of Afghan government forces to stage insider attacks on American troops and other Western allies.

And he warned that the Afghan president himself “may also issue orders that put our forces at risk.” Dunford admitted that Afghanistan and the US were “at a rough point in the relationship.”

The general also warned that the Talibaninfo-icon and other insurgent groups would be “watching and will look for a way to exploit the situation -- they have already ramped up for the spring.”


Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update