May 4, 2012

Xinhua news report on Obama-Karzai deal

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Xinhua “Analysis”: “Striking Strategic Pact With U.S. Can Serve as Stabilizing Factor in Afghanistan”
Thursday, May 3, 2012
KABUL, May 3 (Xinhua) — Afghanistan and U.S. after almost 18 months of tough negotiations finally inked the much-awaited strategic partnership late Tuesday night.

President Barack Obama during a short unannounced trip to Afghan capital Kabul late Tuesday night signed the pact with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai amid increasing Taliban-led insurgency.
“I believe inking this agreement is vital for Afghanistan towards achieving stability,” a political analyst Fazal Sangcharaki told Xinhua.
However, he welcomed the agreement with observations, saying ” there are problems in the contents” but did not specify, adding the Afghan parliament would amend that points.
Afghanistan and U.S. signed the much-awaited strategic agreement which allowed U.S. to continue backing the militancy-hit country after 2014 for a decade until 2024.
President Barack Obama returned home early Wednesday after paying a surprise visit to Kabul late Tuesday night, inking the strategic pact with President Karzai and visiting his troops to main U.S. military base in Bagram.
According to a fact sheet provided by the White House, the Strategic Partnership Agreement “provides for the possibility of U. S. forces in Afghanistan after 2014, for the purposes of training Afghan Forces and targeting the remnants of al-Qaeda.”
The White House said the Americans “do not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan,” but the agreement “commits Afghanistan to provide U.S. personnel access to and use of Afghan facilities through 2014 and beyond.”
Around 130,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) including some 90,000 Americans are going to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
“One of the positive points in the agreement is the commitment of U.S. not to use Afghan soil against any nations particularly Afghanistan’s neighboring states,” Sangcharaki went on to say.
A day after the signing the controversial agreement, Afghan President Hamid Karzai defended the deal, saying the national interests of Afghanistan had been taken into account and hoped the pact would be approved by Afghan parliament and United States’ Congress.
Signing agreement with U.S., according to Afghan analyst Sangcharaki, speaks of international community’s long-term support to Afghanistan which ultimately gives the strong message to armed militants that violence is not the way to achieve the goal in Afghanistan.
Taliban militants who have been fighting both Afghan and NATO- led troops and stormed a foreign compound in Kabul hours after President Obama’s visit to Afghanistan have vowed to continue war till the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.
Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit has told media via telephone from unknown locations that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of ousted Taliban regime) would launch their spring offensive dubbed “Al-Farooq” from May 3, 2012 and the targets are foreign and Afghan troops as well as legislators and government functionaries.
“In my opinion the strategic pact with U.S. in the long term would lead to durable peace and viable security in Afghanistan,” the Afghan analyst said.

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