The strategic partnership agreement, still under discussion between Washington and Kabul, will govern American involvement in Afghanistan after the deadline for the exit of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.
According to President Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan is also negotiating similar agreements with Britain, France, Australia and the European Union.
Afghanistan wants the US and Nato to agree to stop carrying out night raids on Afghan homes as a pre-condition to the Kabul signing a strategic partnership with Washington, President Hamid Karzai said.
And if Washington meets demands such as these, Karzai said Afghanistan was prepared to host US troops in the long-term.
Karzai also reassured Afghanistan’s neighbours, many of whom are concerned about a long-term US influence in the region, that any strategic partnership deal would not hamper relations with them.
Despite Karzai’s assurances, will a strategic partnership in fact obstruct Afghanistan’s relations with its neighbours?
In your opinion, will the US agree to stopping night raids, which they claim are one of their most effective weapons in the fight against insurgents?
And in the case where the US does agree to this condition, how much of this will be actually implemented?
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