Up to 15,000 foreign troops could stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 if a security pact with the US is passed, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.
About 2,500 tribal chiefs, chieftains and dignitaries are gathered in Kabul for a four-day discussion of the bilateral security agreement with the US.
“If signed… 10,000 to 15,000 of their troops will stay. When I say ‘their troops’, I don’t mean the Americans (alone),” Karzai told delegates.
He said the force would include troops from other Nato members as well as “Turkey or some other Muslim nations”. Turkey is a member of Nato.
Karzai said he expected the agreement to lead to peace in his war-torn country.
“It must bring peace to Afghanistan. I’m aware that they (US) can bring peace, it’s in their hands,” Karzai added to applause from delegates.