Kerry, NATO Tries Afghan Accord on Troops : worldleaks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is joining NATO foreign ministers in hopes of carrying Afghan leaders to let international troops remain in the war-torn country beyond 2014.
The issue will be among the top priorities at an annual two-day NATO summit in Brussels that begins Tuesday and focuses on security concerns.
The U.S. wants to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan to continue training and advising local forces. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai so far has protested signing a new security agreement.
The U.S. has demanded a final decision by the end of this month, or has threatened to withdraw all its troops from the country after 12 years of war.
Other issues slated for discussion at the summit include missile defense as well as building on NATO’s active military role from the early 1990s in regions such as the Balkans and Libya.
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