President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the attack on Afghan and foreign military trainers in Afghanistan's National Military Academy.
Early reports by the Ministry of Defense indicate that a man dressed in military uniform opened fire this noon at Afghan military personnel and their foreign colleagues leaving at least one foreign officer dead and a number of others including both Afghan and foreign officers wounded.
President Karzai also offered his condolences to the families of the Afghan and foreign military members killed and wounded in 'cowardly' the shooting.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai seems to have stiffened his resolve not to sign a security pact with Washington, saying the US should leave the country unless it can restart peace talks with the Taliban.
Mr Karzai told a news conference, "In exchange for this agreement, we want peace for the people of Afghanistan. Otherwise, it's better for them to leave and our country will find its own way."
He said pressing ahead with talks with the Taliban was critical to ensure that Afghanistan was not left with a weak central government.
"Starting peace talks is a condition because we want to be confident that after the signing of the security agreement, Afghanistan will not be divided into fiefdoms," the president added.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the US needs to bring peace to Afghanistan before he will sign a security deal enabling Washington to keep troops in the country beyond next year.
Karzai rejected calls by Afghanistan's council of tribal elders - the Loya Jirga - to sign the security deal.
He told the assembly: "If there is no peace, then this agreement will bring misfortune to Afghanistan.
"Peace is our precondition. America should bring us peace and then we will sign it."
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has recommended delaying a security pact with the US until after the elections in 2014, a spokesman has said.
He made the comments in his closing speech to the council of tribal elders which has played a pivotal role in negotiations over the pact.
Pakistan has announced the release of seven more Taliban prisoners to facilitate peace talks following an appeal by Afghan President Hamid Karzai last week.
President Hamid Karzai said Afghanistan will not join the Qatar peace talks with the Taliban "until the process is Afghan-led", Reuters reported.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suspended talks with the US on a security pact, accusing Washington of providing "inconsistent statements" on peace talks with the Taliban.
"In a special meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the president has decided to suspend talks about a security pact with the US because of their inconsistent statements and actions in regard to the peace process", Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi told Reuters.
The US Embassy in Kabul said it was preparing a statement following the announcement.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said: "Prime Minister Thatcher was one of the greatest leaders the world knew.”
He added that she would always be remembered in history as a strong leader who had truly served her country, particularly in strengthening the UK’s economy.
Karzai offered his condolences to the family, friends, relatives.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said today.
Karzai's trip, which is set to take place over the next few days, will be the first time an Afghan president has held peace talks with the Taliban in the sovereign Arab state.
The leader will also address the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar, which he has agreed to on the condition the Taliban ends its links with Al-Qaeda.
Karzai's trip comes after fractures in his relationship with Washington. He recently blasted US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for holding talks with the Taliban in Qatar without him and accused the US of reneging on a deal to release Afghan prisoners from a US detention centre in Bagram.
The Afghan Taliban and the United States have been holding talks today in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, according to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.