White House: deadline for Afghan security pact could slip into January

White House: deadline for Afghan security pact could slip into January
# 11 December 2013 23:17 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The White House would like Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement by the end of the year, but the deadline could slip into early January, a spokesman said on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

"If you're asking, 'Does that mean that if they sign it on January 10th, that's going to be a huge problem?' Probably not," said Josh Earnest, a deputy spokesman for the White House.

"What will be a significant problem is if there is not quick action taken to get this signed," Earnest told reporters at a briefing.

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