US National Security Advisor Rice to meet Afghan President Karzai

Reuters , Monday 25 Nov 2013

United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice will meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday amid uncertainty about the future of U.S. troops in the country, a spokesman for Rice told Reuters.

Rice arrived in Afghanistan at the weekend to assess the US mission in the country. It is her first trip outside the United States as National Security Advisor.

"She will meet with President Karzai later this evening at his request," spokesman Patrick Ventrell told Reuters.

Karzai threw into doubt a vital security pact with the United States last week by saying he would delay signing it until after next April's presidential election. The accord would permit US troops to remain in Afghanistan. 

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