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Afghan president meets visiting U.S. senators

English.news.cn   2014-01-03 05:51:20            

KABUL, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday met with the visiting U.S. senators in Arg, the country' s Presidential Palace.

"President Hamid Karzai met with Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator John Barrasso in Arg this afternoon," the presidential palace said in a statement.

The two sides discussed the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States, the matters about Bagram detention center, and the situation in the region, the statement noted.

In regards with the BSA, Karzai told the visiting delegation that the Afghans want to sign the BSA with the United States but they want to be assured that their demands are met and that the agreement brings peace and stability for the country, the statement said.

The Afghan government in the past said that the United States must put an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and return nearly two dozens of Afghans held by U.S. in Guantanamo base to the Afghan side before it would sign the accord.

Local analysts said if the two countries fail to reach the deal which governs the presence of U.S. troops after 2014 pullout of the NATO-led forces, the United States will consider the complete withdrawal of troops, similar to the pull-out of U.S. troops from Iraq two years ago.

Regarding the Bagram prison, which was handed over to the Afghan army early last year, the Afghan leader said that the innocent prisoners would be released in accordance with the Afghanistan laws and perpetrators would be prosecuted and punished.

Over the past one week, more than 650 Taliban inmates were released by a joint team set up by the government from Bagram prison, local media reported.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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