Informal talks on security pact continue: US
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States is continuing informal discussions on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan, even as formal negotiations remained suspended, a State Department official said Friday.
“Formal negotiations have been suspended. We continue informal discussions with the Afghans on BSA,” the State Department Deputy spokesperson, Marie Harf, told reporters at her daily news conference.
President Hamid Karzai suspend BSA negotiations in the aftermath of the opening of the Taliban's political office in Doha and US plans for direct talks with the insurgent movement. But the US hopes the negotiations will resume soon.
“We have been working with President Karzai. He was elected as president of Afghanistan. We will continue working with him. As you know, there are also elections coming up next year. So we will work with the elected government of Afghanistan on these issues going forward,” she said.
The United States, she added, was committed to a peaceful, democratic and united Afghanistan. America's position on Afghanistan had been clear and unchanged in terms of commitment to a peaceful and united country, Harf continued.
“But obviously, clearly we have some more work to do. I would underscore the peaceful, democratic and united Afghanistan,” she concluded.
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