KABUL, Afghanistan, (UPI) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he won’t allow the United States to retain military bases in his country without receiving concessions.
The two governments are attempting to hammer out a deal that would allow the United States to keep a limited troop presence in Afghanistan after more than 11 years of war, Khaama Press said.
Washington officials have requested to keep nine military bases to help train the local army and target al-Qaida, Khaama Press reported.
Karzai said during a speech Thursday that although Afghanistan is ready to sign an agreement, it would need to include economic guarantees.
“When they do this, we are ready to sign,” he said.
The size of the force has also is in question, with possibilities ranging from 2,500 to 12,000 troops, Khaama Press reported.