|Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R, front) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L, front) attend a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 12, 2013. (Xinhua/Jawid Omid)
KABUL, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- In an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Friday to conclude the talks on security pact known as Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) but the subject remained unresolved, local media reported on Sunday.
"John Kerry's longest talks, 26-hours talks, with President Hamid Karzai remained unresolved over providing immunity to the U. S. soldiers, because President Karzai said out that the people of Afghanistan would make decision in this respect," a private television channel Tolo aired in its news bulletin on Sunday morning.
A leading local newspaper the daily Hasht-e-Subh also focused on the intense talks between the U.S. top diplomat and Afghan president, saying both sides after two successive nights of negotiations over inking security pact announced their agreement at a joint press conference late Saturday night.
Confirming the intensity of the talks, Kerry said at the press conference with Karzai in Afghan Presidential Palace Saturday night that "serious effort over the last hours late last night, whole last night, all today we have been discussing we have been negotiating and as president said it is not easy negotiation because it involves issues of life and death, issues of the future of the country and issues of emotions in the history."
"President Karzai categorically stated at the conference that the agreement over inking security pact will be presented to the traditional Loya Jirga or grand assembly of chieftains, notables and government functionaries and then to parliament where the representatives of the people of Afghanistan will make final decision with regard to judicial immunity for foreign soldiers who remain in Afghanistan after 2014," Hasht-e-Subh wrote in its editorial.
The newspaper also added that "long-term partnership of Unites States with Afghanistan is essential for viable security in Afghanistan and the representatives of people at the parliament and in the Loya Jirga are cognizant of the fact."
President Karzai revealed last week that he would convene the Loya Jirga possibly within month.
Another paper the Daily Afghanistan in its editorial described having security pact with the United States as very vital for Afghanistan's security, saying since Afghan national security forces are not capable enough to ensure the country's security after 2014 withdrawal of NATO-led forces from Afghanistan, it is necessary for the government to have long-term support of the international community.
"With the arrival of secretary of states, John Kerry to Kabul on Friday that talks on BSA began and it was supposed to be announced reaching agreement on the core issue on Saturday at a joint press conference with President Karzai but the press conference suspended due to obstacle on the way to reach agreement. "
"It is naive to have the support of United States and NATO- member states with the absence of security pact with U.S.," the paper warned.
An English newspaper the Daily Outlook in an article published in Sunday's edition writes, "U.S. officials have once again renewed the warnings that the country may consider pulling out all forces as the negotiations with the Afghan government is not making any progress."
It also wrote in the article that "Afghanistan has its own legitimate demands in the negotiations which include building capable army that could deal with both internal and external threats and protect Afghanistan from foreign aggressions if U.S. remains in Afghanistan beyond 2014."
The paper also noted that the United States has withdrawn troops from Iraq when it failed to ensure immunity for its soldiers there.
"Undeniably a complete withdrawal of NATO forces would inevitably result in considerable decline in foreign assistance, something Afghanistan cannot afford to bear," the Daily Outlook cautioned in the article.