KABUL, Afghanistan, June 21 (UPI) -- The Afghan government will have a tough time paying its bills following disagreements over how to resolve a banking crisis, sources said.
Disagreements between the International Monetary Fund and Kabul mean foreign aid isn't getting into the country.
Western officials were quoted by The Guardian newspaper in London as saying Kabul will have a hard time paying its bills soon.
Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal told the British newspaper last month the banking crisis has had an effect on his country, one of the poorest in the world.
Without a financial package in place, foreign aid can't get into a country that depends almost exclusively on outside help, The Guardian adds.
Most major news agencies are reporting that U.S. President Barack Obama is to announce Wednesday he is pulling the 33,000 troops included in a troop surge in 2010 out of the country by the end of 2012.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he'd like to assume security responsibility in the country by 2014.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters there was "significant progress" in efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. This, he said, would "allow Afghan national security forces to build up, to train and prepare for taking over the lead."