Afghan president says does not 'trust' US
New Delhi (AFP) - Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in New Delhi on Saturday he no longer "trusts" the United States, accusing the Americans of saying one thing and doing another in his troubled homeland.
Karzai's statement to journalists came a day after he insisted he would not be "intimidated" into signing a security pact allowing US troops in Afghanistan to stay on after next year.
"I don't trust them," Karzai said in a wide-ranging discussion at a local hotel in which he singled out a letter US President Barack Obama wrote last month assuring him that US forces would "respect" the safety of Afghans in their homes.
The Afghan president reiterated there was a need to talk with the Taliban as part of the peace process but "we mean those Taliban who are Afghans and not connected to any foreign terror organisations".
"Those are the ones who we are trying to reach for negotaitions and bring back normal life to Afghanistan... talks with those Taliban are a necessity," he said.
The Taliban have been fighting to drive out foreign forces from Afghanistan and impose Islamist rule, have accused Karzai of being a US puppet.
But Karzai denied the Taliban was refusing to hold discussions with him, saying: "I can tell you they are talking to me." He did not elaborate further.
PPfftt! Bullshit. This will come back and bite us in the ass one day.