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Hagel Bypasses Karzai in Afghanistan Visit with Troops

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Bloomberg, 7 December 2013

Reporting US defence secretary Hagel’s visit to US troops in Afghanistan during which he did not meet President Karzai includes quotes from AAN’s Martine van Bijlert:

Avoiding Karzai may signal a hands-off approach toward him by the Obama administration after repeated attempts at negotiation led nowhere, said Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

“The palace had probably expected Hagel to be the next in line trying to persuade Karzai,” van Bijlert said. “Not doing so sends the message that it is now really up to Karzai to decide how far he wants to take his position” on the security agreement.


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