According to the White House, if Afghan President Hamid Karzai will not sign an agreement on a remaining US military presence in the country, it will pull out all US forces stationed in Afghanistan. The deadlock on the agreement had strained the relationship of the two countries.
US National Adviser Susan Rice said that if Karzai delays the signing of the contract by the following year, it jeopardises the US plan to keep a security presence in the country as majority of the US forces in Afghanistan are recalled. According to Rice, the US will be forced to plan for a post-2014 future without any military or NATO presence in Afghanistan.
Without the signature, the US cannot verify clarity to initiate its plan that would stretch to 2014.
The signing of the contract turned for the worse when Karzai had brought up the issue on the release of Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo, to which US ambassador James Cunningham bluntly gave a response that became the root of all disagreements further in the meeting.
According to Cunningham, the peace process was not United States’ responsibility and the release of Afghan prisoners were not part of the security pact they were endorsing.
According to Senator Lindsey Graham, Karzai needs to realize that White House’s patience is not unlimited.