Afghanistan's Karzai says will sign US deal but sets conditions

Afghanistan's Karzai says will sign US deal but sets conditions
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during the opening of the Loya Jirga, or grand council, in Kabul

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that he will sign a security agreement with the United States provided it cooperates in peace efforts and ends raids on Afghan homes.

Karzai was speaking at the end of a four-day meeting of elders and chieftains, which endorsed the pact allowing the US to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan till 2024.

He said he would sign it in return for US "cooperation" in Afghanistan's efforts to make peace with Taliban insurgents.

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