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Karzai condemns 'cowardly' attack at training base

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.

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers keep watch at the gate of military training academy Camp Qargha, in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

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: US should start Taliban talks or leave

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."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

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.


Karzai rejects calls to sign US-Afghan security deal

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.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the Loya Jirga assembly. Credit: RTV.

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."


Karzai suspends US talks amid Taliban peace process

Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited US President Barack Obama in January. Credit: Mark Wilson/DPA/Press Association Images

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.

Karzai: Thatcher one of the greatest ever leaders

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said: "Prime Minister Thatcher was one of the greatest leaders the world knew.”

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai praised Baroness Thatcher. Credit: CARL COURT/PA Archive

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.

President Karzai to discuss peace with Taliban in Qatar

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar within days to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban. Credit: Reuters

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.

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