from the website of Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
January 29, 2014
In his State of the Union Address to the American nation, President Obama reaffirmed his country’s commitment to a unified Afghanistan.
President Karzai welcomed these remarks, which indeed is a reaffirmation of Afghanistan’s long-standing position and called it in the good interest of the two countries’ bilateral relations.
As any timeline for signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was put aside in the address, the President called it positive and believes that the two countries can work together with patience and due diligence in helping Afghanistan’s peace process to start.
President Karzai urges that it is time now to put an end to the negative propaganda against Afghanistan.
The President stresses that it is peace that assures a country’s stability, progress and unity, and it is for this reason that Afghanistan considers the effective and public launch of the peace process as the key prerequisite for signing the BSA.