Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures during his speech at a ceremony in Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 9, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that the U.S. can establish military bases in Afghanistan after inking the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) but his country has preconditions for inking the pact and one of the conditions is to ensure durable peace in the militancy-plagued country. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)
KABUL, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that the U.S. can establish military bases in Afghanistan after inking the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) but his country has preconditions for inking the pact and one of the conditions is to ensure durable peace in the militancy-plagued country.
"For signing the security agreements with the United States we have preconditions and the first precondition is to bring about security in Afghanistan," the president told a ceremony held here to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kabul University foundation.
"The U.S. is seeking its own benefit before the inking of the agreement but Afghanistan is also seeking its benefit. Afghan forces must be strengthened, they must be equipped and strong. The Afghanistan economy must be upheld and strong. Afghanistan must have a strong government," Karzai said.
The leader said that the United States is requiring Afghanistan to set up nine military bases across the country in the major cities of Kabul, Bagram, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, Gardez, Kandahar, Helmand, Shindand and Herat.
But Afghanistan also had its demands and interest, he added.
The other preconditions for signing the accord is helping the Afghan government to build water and hydropower dams, Karzai noted.
Negotiations between U.S. and Afghan governments on security agreements have started late last year.
However, Karzai added, Afghanistan would keep on balanced relations with other nations and allay the possible concerns of the neighbors.
The controversial agreement of BSA, if signed, would guarantee the presence of U.S. military for at least several years in Afghanistan.
The Afghan leader also urged college students to concentrate their attention on study instead of politics.
More than 250,000 students have been studying in 106 universities across the country, including 75 private higher education institutions, Afghan Minister of Higher Education Obidullah Obid said at the ceremony.
Nearly 800 teachers have been teaching over 21,000 students in Kabul University which is known as "Mother University" in the war- hit country, according to the minister.
The Taliban regime, which collapsed in late 2001, banned schools and universities for girls and confined women to their houses during its rule.
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