U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Arrives in Kabul

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Arrives in Kabul


U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited with American forces on Saturday in Afghanistan. The visit come as President Hamid Karzai refuses to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), despite mounting pressure from Washington and Afghan officials.

Hagel’s unannounced visit lands him in the center of the chaos that has surrounded BSA negotiations in recent weeks, but he has no plans to meet with Karzai and may have little impact on the matter during his stopover.

Previous trips by U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry proved fruitless in resolving the remaining dispute between President Hamid Karzai and the White House over the timeline and conditions for the finalization of the BSA.

On Saturday, Fayeq Wahidi, Deputy Spokesman of President Karzai, said the U.S.’ pressure on the Afghan government would not impact its approach to the signing of the BSA.

The signing of the BSA has been stalled since President Karzai said he would not approve the accord until after the April elections, and only if the U.S. met certain preconditions, despite a Loya Jirga recommending the pact be signed as soon as possible.

Officials in Washington have said the agreement must be signed before the end of the year.

Wahidi said the U.S. thinks that putting pressure on Afghanistan would force the government to sign the pact, but that this was a “miscalculation.”

He said that the Afghan government knows that the U.S. can meet Kabul’s demands, which include advancing peace talks with the Taliban and ending foreign troop raids on Afghan homes.

Without a signed agreement, all U.S. troops would leave at the end of next year, along with all other NATO coalition forces. Military leaders have said they need time to plan and coordinate for the post-2014 mission, which could involve around 8,000 U.S. forces and another 6,000 NATO allied troops.

This is Hagel’s second trip to Afghanistan since he began as Secretary of Defense earlier this year.


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Information Manager at Al Rasub. Suliman Faizi was born on 17/Feb/1987 in Kabul Afghanistan. He studied his Grade 12 in Nadiria High school Kabul Afghanistan. He has done his BBA degree, Specialization in Management at Kardan Institute of Higher Education’s and he did four papers of (CAT) Certified Accounting Technician at Bakhter Institute of Higher Educations. He has attended training workshops on Finance project, Financial Management, Budgeting, Management, Marketing, Financial Accounting and Report writing with World Bank Institute (WBI),Business edge IFC (World Bank Group) AHLN Chartered Accountants and ( IRC) International Rescue Committee. He joined NABDP in April 2008 as an Accountant and promoted to the position of Senior Accountant in 2011.Now hew is working as Accounting and Finance specialist (Deputy Head of Finance) with NABDP/UNDP. He has join (IRC) International Rescue Committee as finance officer in July 2005 and he was promoted to position of Senior finance officer in 2007.