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PublishDate: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:50

NATO warns to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan if accords not signed

The NATO officials have also said that the legal framework between NATO and Afghan government will not be finalized until the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington is not signed.

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has once again warned the Afghan government that that 28-nation alliance would be forced to pull its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of year, if a legal framework was not finalized for the residual forces to remain the country. 

While speaking during a press conference, Rasmussen insisted that the alliance will need to know whether they are invited or not. 

Rasmussen warned that it will some time to close down their base in Afghanistan, if the legal framework was not put in place soon. 

Without disclosing furhter information regarding the timeline that NATO could wait to reach an agreement on the legal framework, Rasmussen, said tough decisions be taken in this regard while the issue will be discussed during the defense ministers meeting late in February. 

NATO insists that the legal framework should be finalized soon to enable the NATO military planners to draw up detialed plans for the post-2014 mission in Afghanistan. 

The NATO officials have also said that the legal framework between NATO and Afghan government will not be finalized until the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington is not signed. 

President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the deal between Kabul and Washington and insist that certain conditions should be met before he sign the agreement, despite the draft agreement was endorsed by majority during the consultative Loya Jirga.

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