WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is holding firm to his decision to delay signing a U.S. security agreement and set new conditions for the deal, officials said.
The White House said Karzai made the demands Monday in Kabul during a meeting with U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
The bilateral security agreement reached last week outlines the long-term presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. It was endorsed Sunday by some 3,000 delegates in Afghanistan's Loya Jirga assembly. Karzai, however, wants to delay the signing until after next year's elections.
Rice told Karzai the United States is done negotiating and said the United States and NATO allies need the agreement signed in order to plan for a potential post-2014 military presence.
She also said the lack of a signed security agreement would jeopardize NATO and other nations' pledges of assistance made at the Chicago and Tokyo conferences in 2012
"Ambassador Rice reiterated that, without a prompt signature, the U.S. would have no choice but to initiate planning for a post-2014 future in which there would be no U.S. or NATO troop presence in Afghanistan," the White House said in a readout of the meeting. "The United States will continue to work with Afghanistan to support a smooth security transition and to help ensure free and fair elections."